Looks like Dunedin City Council will have a use for those shackles after all.
A fraud probe is looking into whether dozens of Dunedin City Council vehicles were sold over the past decade, and the proceeds pocketed.
Profits from the purchase and sale of Citifleet vehicles, allegedly amounting to more than $1 million, were being investigated, Stuff has been told.
Council chief executive Dr Sue Bidrose said last month that an investigation into the unit by accountancy firm Deloitte was under way after irregularities in the internal recording of council-owned vehicles was discovered.
In a blog to council staff, Bidrose indicated the council was looking at a major fraud inquiry that could dent ratepayer trust.
The council was bracing itself for the findings of the probe, which was expected to reflect negatively on its financial management, she said.