CREDIT UNION DI­REC­TOR AR­RESTED

Ex-War­wick coun­cil di­rec­tor on cor­rup­tion charge

Warwick Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - So­phie Lester and He­len Speli­tis

A FOR­MER War­wick Shire Coun­cil di­rec­tor of fi­nance has been charged with cor­rup­tion.

Jim Lind­say, who worked at WSC from April 1995 to De­cem­ber 2003, is also a di­rec­tor of the War­wick Credit Union.

On Thurs­day af­ter­noon, the Crime and Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion ar­rested Mr Lind­say, now the Ip­swich City Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, at his coun­cil of­fice.

The 53-year-old was taken to the Ip­swich watch­house where he was charged with one count of of­fi­cial cor­rup­tion con­trary to sec­tion 87 of the Queens­land Crim­i­nal Code, and one count of Dis­obe­di­ence to Statute Law con­trary to sec­tion 204.

Mr Lind­say has been a di­rec­tor and au­dit com­mit­tee chair­man for the War­wick Credit Union since De­cem­ber 2006, after serv­ing as as­sis­tant gen­eral man­ager from June 2003 un­til De­cem­ber 2006.

He worked pre­vi­ously as fi­nance and cor­po­rate

ser­vices di­rec­tor for the War­wick Shire Coun­cil.

WCU CEO Lewis von Stieglitz could not con­firm whether Mr Lind­say’s ar­rest would af­fect his po­si­tion on the board. .

“The credit union is aware of the CCC ac­tiv­ity re­ported in the me­dia,” Mr von Stieglitz said. “There is no sug­ges­tion that the mat­ter re­lates to the credit union.

“It is still very early in the process. Mr Lind­say is en­ti­tled to pre­sump­tion of in­no­cence and fair process of the courts.

“He is a very ded­i­cated di­rec­tor, as one of seven di­rec­tors who meet monthly to pro­vide over­sight to the credit union. Di­rec­tors have no in­volve­ment in the busi­ness it­self.”

Mr Lind­say joined Ip­swich City Coun­cil in 2006 as chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer un­til May 2014, when he be­came CEO.

Dur­ing that time he also served as di­rec­tor of coun­cilowned com­pa­nies Ip­swich City En­ter­prises since Jan­uary 2006, Ip­swich City Prop­er­ties since April 2009 and Ip­swich City De­vel­op­ments since 2009.

New Ip­swich Mayor An­drew An­to­niolli said he would close the en­ter­prise and de­vel­op­ment com­pany, along with Ip­swich Mo­tor­sport Park, fol­low­ing an in­de­pen­dent foren­sic au­dit.

Cr An­to­niolli said Mr Lind­say was on im­me­di­ate leave.

“This comes as a shock, how­ever we must re­main re­silient through a pe­riod of tur­moil,” he said.

“Coun­cil will be seek­ing to ap­point an ex­ter­nal act­ing CEO in the near fu­ture. Un­til such time, city coun­cil so­lic­i­tor Daniel Best will act in the CEO role.”

Mr Lind­say is due to ap­pear in the Bris­bane Mag­is­trates Court on Oc­to­ber 11.

As the mat­ter is now be­fore the courts, the CCC is un­able to com­ment fur­ther.

CHARGED: Jim Lind­say.

PHOTO: DAVID NIELSEN

CHARGED: For­mer War­wick coun­cil di­rec­tor Jim Lind­say will front court charged with cor­rup­tion.

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