Contractor allegedly bribed Ipswich council CEO
Contractor slapped with fresh charges amid corruption investigation
A CONTRACTOR at the centre of corruption allegations will appear in court today, accused of offering to bribe an Ipswich City Council chief executive officer .
Wayne Innes, 57, who ran earthworks moving business Landfill Logistics and is a former NSW police officer, has been hit with five charges by the Crime and Corruption Commission.
He is one of seven people accused of offences stemming from the corruption inquiry into the council.
The biggest name has been former Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale, who is accused of extortion and other serious offences.
Council CEO Jim Lindsay was charged with corruption on Thursday.
Mr Innes’s charges include that Mr Lindsay had corruptly agreed to take money to help with a development application.
Other charges against Mr Innes are: official corruption, fraud, criminal impersonation, official misconduct and breaching bail conditions.
It was revealed last month the CCC had been investigating work with Mr Innes, and he said at the time he was satisfied all his
Ipswich work had been done appropriately.
He did not answer calls on Friday evening.
The misconduct allegations are dated between September and November last year and relate to Mr Innes’s dealings with Craig Maudsley, the council’s chief operating officer of works, parks and recreation.
Mr Maudsley was charged this week with acting with intent to dishonestly gain a benefit for Mr Innes.
That same charge accused the deal of financially harming another company, Colmine Consulting.
Colmine’s Colin Donegan said the arrests and the alleged damages “caught us by surprise”.
“The apparent damage was small,” Mr Donegan said.
He said there had been a “history of mismanagement” with the council’s handling of his company’s contract.
Mr Innes’s Landfill Logistics won separate contracts with the council, including an estimated $6.3 million contract to remove construction spoil in 2013.
Before starting his earthmoving business, Mr Innes had been a police officer in NSW.
He was also a figure in horse racing and rugby league circles, backing the bid for new south-east Queensland rugby league team the Brisbane Bombers.
He and the partner of former Ipswich council CEO Carl Wulff were also among 10 owners of a racehorse called Wulfies Lady.
Mr Innes is scheduled to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court today on the fresh charges.
❝ the alleged damages “caught us by surprise”.
— Colmine’s Colin Donegan