Australia: Paul Whyte pleads guilty to corruption charges after $22 million WA public sector scandal

The sacked public servant at the centre of one of Western Australia’s biggest corruption scandals has pleaded guilty to hundreds of charges relating to the theft of more than $22 million in taxpayers’ money.

Former Department of Communities senior bureaucrat Paul Ronald Whyte entered the pleas in writing because it would have taken hours for the magistrate to have taken pleas to each of the 530 charges verbally.

The offences were committed over an 11-year period , from 2008 to 2019, when Whyte was charged.

The money was stolen through a fake invoice scheme in which three shelf companies — iValuate, Boldline and Quadrant Analytics — were paid various amounts of money, including a total sum of $2.7 million in 2012.

This article has been summarised, the full original article can be found at abc.net.au

(Photo: ABC News: Hugh Sando)

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