Extraordinary times at Dunedin City Council in which no-one looks good. With what political mileage generated at mayoral level; and what questions of the chief executive, and ODT’s role and or complicity, in this sudden council release of information to the public realm.
Read the email threads attached to Sandy Graham’s email to Cr Vandervis.
More than ever, these exchanges show strong need for an independent Procurement manager position at Dunedin City Council with oversight of all managers of departments and divisions, as Cr Vandervis has been recommending for some time.
Unsurprisingly, belatedly, an investigation into alleged fraud at City Property should commence, along the lines of what happened for Citifleet —this time, with full accountability to the ratepayers and residents of Dunedin.
Received from Lee Vandervis
Sat, 19 Dec 2015 at 11:12 a.m.
—— Forwarded Message
From: Lee Vandervis
Date: Sat, 19 Dec 2015 10:02:42 +1300
To: Sandy Graham, Andrew Noone, Andrew Whiley, Chris Staynes, Doug Hall, Hilary Calvert, John Bezett, Jinty MacTavish, Kate Wilson, Lee Vandervis, Mayor Cull, Mike Lord, Neville Peat, Richard Thomson, David Benson-Pope, Aaron Hawkins
Cc: Sue Bidrose
Conversation: LGOIMA request – Various matters related to allegations from Monday’s meeting
Subject: LGOIMA request – Various matters related to allegations from Monday’s meeting
Given the Deloitte comment “We do not have any objection to you sharing this letter with the Councillors.”
and my repeated LGOIMA and requests for other Deloitte information, why was this information not supplied to me well before now?!
Please state complete reasons and who was responsible for the decisions to withhold this information from me.
On 18/12/15 12:03 pm, “Sandy Graham” wrote:
FYI. This is a response to a LGOIMA request that we provided to the ODT. It is likely to feature in the paper over the next day or two.
From: Sandy Graham
Sent: Thursday, 17 December 2015 4:33 p.m.
To: Chris Morris [ODT]
Subject: LGOIMA resposne – Various matters related to allegations from Monday’s meeting
Further to your LGOIMA request, please find below and attached responses to your questions.
At Monday’s council meeting, Cr Vandervis claimed he had paid a backhander to council staff to secure a contract prior to his time as a councillor. I’m told by the Mayor that this is believed to relate to a former staff member who no longer works for council.
Q Are staff investigating or considering the legal or other implications of Vandervis’ backhander claim?
Yes – all aspects of the transaction will be investigated.
Q If so, can you say what the implications of his statement are, and the possible options or actions that might follow? Does it, for example, trigger an investigation under the council’s anti-fraud policies, and would that look at the actions of the former staff member, Cr Vandervis, or both?
The internal auditors have been advised and they are following the process as per the Fraud Prevention Policy and Procedures.
Q What action might be taken as a result?
It’s too early to say what if any action will be taken.
1. What claims has Lee Vandervis made in relation to alleged fraud involving council?
See attached emails which provides documented details of recent fraud allegations. As discussed, these emails are the what we have been able to quickly identify over the past couple of years. We have not gone back further at this stage.
2. What evidence, if any, has he provided to back up those claims?
Please see emails as above
3. I’m told the DCC received a separate piece of information from Deloitte assessing the claims made by Lee Vandervis in relation to the Citifleet fraud. If possible, can I have a copy of that today?
A copy is attached with redactions to protect the privacy of certain individuals pursuant to section 7(2)(a) of LGOIMA.
As we have withheld certain information, you are entitled to a review by the Office of the Ombudsman.
Group Manager Corporate Services
Dunedin City Council
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Email thread Bidrose 16.12.15 – Community Housing Maintenance Contract LGOIMA
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Lee Vandervis to Grant McKenzie 25.2.15 In Confidence- Alleged Fraud
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Email thread Grant McKenzie to Lee Vandervis 25.2.15 In Confidence- Alleged Fraud
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Deloitte to Bidrose 4.8.14 – City Fleet Investigation – Matters raised by Councillors
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