Report reveals 'range of fraudulent activities' at DCC

An in-depth report into a more than $1.5 million fraud at Dunedin City Council has revealed it went beyond the sale of 152 council-owned vehicles.

The 53-page Deloitte report released today reveals a ''range of fraudulent activities'', which it appeared former Citifleet team leader Brent Bachop, who died suddenly on May 21 this year, was at the ''centre of''.

It also details a number of ''significant gaps'' in the way council detected fraud and why it failed to uncover Mr Bachop's actions earlier, including ignoring that his lifestyle exceeded his salary.

Deloitte calculated the fraud cost council at least $1.59, million of which $1.48 million related to the sale of vehicles.

The loss to council was caused by Mr Bachop keeping ''all the proceeds'' or a ''significant portion'' of the sales of vehicles, or selling vehicles at ''significant discounts'' to wholesale values.

The report says other fraudulent activity uncovered includes Mr Bachop making personal spending of at least $102,908 on council fuel cards and the purchase of a $7333 trail bike, which appeared to be for personal use.

It was ''not possible to ascertain'' whether Mr Bachop kept a portion of $104,800 in cash cheques written to replenish pay stations in the council's Moray Place car park, the report also says.

More details in tomorrow's Otago Daily Times.

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