A Perth bookkeeper caught up in one of Australia’s biggest cases of public sector fraud has had all 74 corruption charges against her dropped, but she has been warned investigations are continuing and they may be reinstated.
Paola Colangelo, 46, worked for Jacob Anthonisz, who late last year was charged with hundreds of offences involving the theft of around $22 million of public money along with corrupt bureaucrat Paul Whyte,
It was alleged the men spent the funds on personal expenses and bills, including paying a stud in New Zealand because the two men were co-owners of a horse.
Whyte, who was a senior public servant with the Department of Communities, has since pleaded guilty to all the charges against him and is in jail awaiting sentence.
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