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15 September 2013 | Will Green
A senior member of staff at Auckland Transport in New Zealand has been sacked as part of an ongoing investigation into the alleged misuse of public money.
The investigation was launched when issues came to light following an internal review of procurement and contract management procedures.
David Warburton, chief executive of Auckland Transport, said the inquiry had “established serious conflict of interest and performance issues” related to the member of staff, who had previously been placed on indefinite leave.
Invoice, contract and other documentation dating back to 2010 is being reviewed as part of the investigation and a number of staff, supplier representatives and other stakeholders have been interviewed.
External legal and forensic accounting advice has been sought and Audit New Zealand and the Serious Fraud Office are being kept informed.
Warburton said: “At this stage we are uncertain how long our investigations will take but expect it will be concluded in weeks rather than months.”
Auckland Transport, part of Auckland Council, was formed in 2010 when a number of regional authorities were amalgamated.