Robust policies at the Otago Regional Council mean it can be
confident fraud involving the sale of assets is not
Chief executive Peter Bodeker told this week's ORC meeting
its policy on ''capital expenditure and asset disposal'' was
sound after he was asked to review it by chairman Stephen
The review came in the wake of revelations of an alleged $1
million fraud involving up to 100 vehicles missing from the
Dunedin City Council's Citifleet operation. Mr Bodeker said
he was happy with the ORC's policies.
''I have reviewed them and believe they are very sound and
enable us to have a degree of surety that fraudulent activity
with respect to asset purchase and asset disposal is not
occurring in this organisation.
''We have done as much we can to ensure that it doesn't
Fraud in this area was unlikely because all asset sales were
on the ''open market'' and required the approval of corporate
services director Wayne Scott.
Most surplus vehicles were sold through Turners Auctions, or
occasionally traded in, or sold by online auction.
The delegated authority for how much senior staff could spend
on assets, without approval from more senior staff, was also