Dodgy Len’s dodgy council loses another dodgy manager in fraud probe

Back in 2000, Local Government minister Sandra Lee sacked the Rodney council and appointed commissioners. It transpired that the ratbags weren’t just the Councillors but also the council officers.

No surprise to see that these two ratbags at Auckland Transport are former Rodney District Council officers.

A second senior manager has left Auckland Transport while a major corruption inquiry continues.

Maintenance contracts manager Barry George resigned weeks after his hard drive was seized by corporate fraud investigators. 

His former Rodney District Council colleague Murray Noone was fired last month for “serious conflict-of-interest and performance issues” as part of the same investigation.

George was at his Takapuna home last week but a woman at the address said he was not available to speak, and would not come to the door.

The Serious Fraud Office raided addresses on Thursday believed to include the offices of contractors involved in the investigation.

At least one other Auckland Transport employee has had their hard drive seized as part of an internal inquiry into roading contracts.

In an internal memo that went out to Auckland Transport staff, chief executive David Warburton said: “As you will be aware, for a number of weeks we have been conducting an investigation into both staff and external third parties in relation to serious allegations of possible misuse of public monies …

 


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  • conwaycaptain

    Why were these buggers appointed if they were known to be tainted.

    • GazzW

      ………..and more to the point who appointed them?

    • Mr_Blobby

      It is more of a case of who you know.

  • James Growley

    This is more widespread than people realise. The dodgy bugger gets appointed to a position of authority, makes it difficult for those under him/her, people move on and the dodgy bugger appoints people of the same ilk including family. I have seen this happen in business, council and government. It is particularly bad in the services side of the health sector.

    • GazzW

      I think you’re right James. If the SFO is resourced up enough to do this job thoroughly it may well have the potential to expose some really major issues not only at Auckland Transport but at Auckland City as well.

      • Mr_Blobby

        It runs very deep, they have been at it for ever.

      • ratesarerevolting

        Have a look at where Len Brown’s daughter is employed and who gets the contracts – tip of the iceberg, and happens just as much under our side as theirs.

        http://nz.linkedin.com/pub/samantha-brown/46/446/833?trk=pub-pbmap

        TAAFC !

        They are all FCs ……. but none more so than Len.

  • Andrew W

    Can someone tell me what the link is between Len Brown and the Rodney District Council, who first employed both these guys that Auckland Transport inherited? I don’t get it.

    • GazzW

      I would think that the problems lie within the bureaucracy rather than with Len Brown Andrew and who knows what could have happened when the regions were combined into the ‘Super’ City. That’s for the SFO to find out and God willing they will because there’s no room for this level of corruption in our local government. I’ll bet there’s a lot of bureaucrats having some sleepless nights right now – Springhill doesn’t look too good on the CV.

      • Andrew W

        Thanks GazzW, that’s what I thought – but the headline to this piece clearly tries to link the two.

  • FredFrog

    ‘In an internal memo that went out to Auckland Transport staff, chief
    executive David Warburton said: “As you will be aware, for a number of
    weeks we have been conducting an investigation into both staff and
    external third parties in relation to serious allegations of possible
    misuse of public monies …”‘
    So why isn’t Lennie being investigated for misuse of public monies?

  • Bad__Cat

    While I have no time for LB, and am glad he’s not my mayor, I don’t think it’s fair to blame him for this. Every large organisation should have financial checks in place so that individuals cannot continue to defraud it over a period of time.

    Where it sometimes falls over is when the person ripping off the system pairs up with the person checking his actions, as appears to have happened here.

    I have had financial authority in both the private and public sectors. I always do random spot audits to check the validity of invoices, and would expect that people above me would do the same. Trust does not enter the picture. It’s my job to be suspicious.

    It’s when systems are crap, or managers are lazy, that large scale fraud occurs.

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