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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