SFO fails to clean up Far North District Council

Council members and employees apparently failed to comply with internal systems and controls.

### ODT Online Thu, 2 Jul 2015
SFO rules out crime at council
By Imran Ali – Northern Advocate
A year-long Serious Fraud Office inquiry into the Far North District Council found some councillors and staff failed to follow rules governing the approval of projects and use of ratepayers’ money, but insufficient evidence to lay criminal charges against anyone. But exactly what the SFO was looking into and who was at fault may never be known, with the office and mayor John Carter unable to discuss the matter further due to restrictions under the SFO Act. NZME
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Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

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One response to “SFO fails to clean up Far North District Council

  1. Gurglars

    What it shows is how useless public service organisations are at the functions for which they are presumably employed. If a gamekeeper can’t catch the poachers, we can assume they are either incompetent or in the joint as it were. If the audit office can’t catch all or most of the pokie rorters, when the evidence has already been handed to them, we can assume they are incompetent or in the joint. If the DCC can’t catch the other guilty parties in the 152+ cars saga, after being handed the keys to the problem by one Lee Vandervis then we can assume that they are either incompetent or in the joint.

    Two things come to mind for me here.

    The definition of a rort, ” Your not in it”.

    Incompetents ought not to be paid large salaries.
    I am sure that there are plenty of incompetent rorters who will not find the obviously guilty for a lot smaller stipend.

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