Lee Vandervis releases emails #Citifleet investigation

Updated post Wed, 18 Mar 2015 at 4:53 p.m.

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What if? Dunedin has received a total of 17 emails from Lee Vandervis, including two with email attachments. A further three emails have been withheld from publication due to privacy reasons, and which may be actionable.

The first batch of seven emails feature at this post, with the remaining ten emails (some repeats to different recipients as Mr Vandervis follows up with Kyle Cameron of Deloitte, responsible for the Citifleet investigation) to be added at Comments after being photographed and stitched back together to retain threads.

To be noted, this is part document proof of Cr Vandervis’ efforts from 2011 forward to elicit information on suspicion of fraud occurring at Citifleet. The emails show DCC Senior Management were aware of fraud allegations well prior to 2013/14, despite Council’s formal media statements to the contrary last year. They also support the obvious need that existed for a wider fraud investigation in regards to Council tendering processes, service contracts, traffic of car parts and tyres, staff credit card spending (by multiple available cards) and more – quite apart from disposal of at least 152 Council vehicles in the period 2003-2013, the set arbitrary window for investigation by Deloitte.

The DCC chief executive having taken a fraud complaint to Dunedin police was advised police had insufficient resources for follow up. There was then a three-month gap before police received the Deloitte investigation report commissioned by the Council. Three months is long amount of time to minimise and remove critical evidence within Council and about town. Dunedin City Council knows that. Deloitte knows that. Dunedin police know that. We can assume the Council’s insurers know that, yet they paid out $1 million in two instalments, for the ‘lost’ vehicles only [see DCC media release]. The three-month gap in itself is a suspicious if not criminal activity against Dunedin ratepayers and residents.

For more information at this website, enter the term *citifleet* in the search box at right.

Received from Lee Vandervis
Tue, 17 Mar 2015 10:19 a.m.

█ Message: I have had enquiries today from members of the public regarding my initial 2011 investigation of Citifleet complaints. For the public record, I am forwarding the related emails I have on record from that period, some of which you may find interesting enough to publish.

Batch #1 (six emails distinguished by blue subject lines and flags)

LV 16.8.11 at 17.37 pm FW Info needed to progress various issues (s2083)

LV 14.10.11 at 22.21 pm FW Info re Brent Bachop (s2084)

LV 8.11.11 at 22.56 pm FW Info re Brent Bachop (s2085 2086)

LV 10.11.11 at 11.40 am FW Turners Auctions problems encountered (s2147 2148)

Attachment 1
BB to BP 29.9.11 at 5.09 pm RE Ute (s2090 2091)

Attachment 2
BB to PB 29.9.11 at 5.10 pm RE Ute (s2092 2093)

LV 10.11.11 at 13.53 pm FW Turners Auctions problems encountered  (s2098 2099 2100) 1

LV 24.7.13 at 21.07 pm FW Electric Fold Up Bikes (s2101-2106)

LV 24.9.13 at 23.11 pm FW New electric bike (s2108 2109) 2

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

4 Comments

Filed under Business, Citifleet, DCC, Democracy, Economics, Events, Media, Name, New Zealand, OAG, People, Police, Politics, Project management, Property, SFO

4 responses to “Lee Vandervis releases emails #Citifleet investigation

  1. Elizabeth

    Batch #2 (six emails distinguished by blue subject lines and flags)

    LV 5.6.14 at 14.11 pm FW Councillor Vandervis question about tyres (s2111 2112)

    LV 5.6.14 at 14.15 pm FW Info re Brent Bachop (s2113 2114)

    LV 5.6.14 at 14.11 pm FW Councillor Vandervis question about tyres (s2115 2116)

    LV 5.6.14 at 14.15 pm FW Info re Brent Bachop (s2117 2118)

    LV 5.6.14 at 14.21 pm FW Info re Brent Bachop (s2119 2120)

    LV 5.6.14 at 14.22 pm FW Turners Auctions problems encountered  (s2121 2122)

    Attachment 1
    BB to BP 29.9.11 at 5.09 pm RE Ute (s2090 2091)

    Attachment 2
    BB to PB 29.9.11 at 5.10 pm RE Ute (s2092 2093)

  2. Elizabeth

    Batch #3 (four emails distinguished by blue subject lines and flags)

    LV 5.6.14 at 14.22 pm FW Ute  (s2123 2124)

    LV 5.6.14 at 14.23 pm FW Turners Auctions problems encountered  (s2127 2137)

    LV 5.6.14 at 14.27 pm FW Info needed to progress various issues (s2142)

    LV 5.6.14 at 14.21 pm FW Info re Brent Bachop (s2143 2144)

    [ends]

  3. Martin Legge

    I totally relate to the frustration that Lee Vandervis has felt through the Citifleet whistleblowing process. From the first time he sought information from Sandy Graham and Sue Bidrose, it is obvious from the emails that both of those highly paid bureaucrats showed little or no interest in what Lee and his community informants were concerned about. As we know, this turned out to be DCC’s largest internal fraud and should have been dealt with much earlier, had the DCC and Audit NZ done their jobs.

    It’s well recorded that Whistleblowers should prepare themselves for the inevitable – the establishment’s pretence of support while discreetly managing the fallout for themselves rather than investigate or seek the appropriate information. It also involves discrediting and minimising the role of the Whistleblower while claiming the credit for themselves. Lee Vandervis must have created huge embarrassment for both DCC Managers, Audit NZ and the Mayor.

    So while the DCC sends messages of goodwill to all those Managers who resigned in the wake of Citifleet fraud, they now get tough spending ratepayers’ money against the very man who first tipped them off – but who they ignored. “Team Dave” doesn’t want Vandervis elected next time around, but I say to Lee – stay the course and I hope the honest ratepayer can see this for what it is.

  4. Elizabeth

    Views at What if? Dunedin have been running hotly for posts about Whistleblower Lee Vandervis for the last three days, particularly today for Cr Vandervis’ revelations “in public” on Delta at this week’s Council meeting. This elected representative work is extremely good service to Dunedin ratepayers – the fallout for Council and CCO incumbents has automatically scaled up several notches.

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