New Zealand Official Resigns Over Fleet Fraud
One of the Dunedin City, New Zealand, Council's most senior managers has resigned over the Citifleet fraud investigation. According to evidence provided to the police, 152 fleet vehicles worth NZ$1.5 million were sold over the past decade and the proceeds pocketed, according to a report by Radio New Zealand.
The police action was a result of accounting firm Deloitte investigating the Citifleet and Citipark departments, after the sudden death of long-standing team leader Brent Bachop, according to the report.
As a result, Tony Avery, the council's general manager of Infrastructure and Networks, resigned. He was the senior manager in charge of Citifleet and Citipark, according to the report.
Avery, who said he was not involved nor had knowledge of the fraud, noted that he had relied on internal financial controls, which let him down, according to the Radio New Zealand report.