Ex-council worker found guilty in corruption case
A former Auckland council employee and a roading contractor have been found guilty of corruption worth more than $1 million relating to Auckland roading contracts.
In the High Court at Auckland on December 9 John Borlase, a former director of Projenz which undertook contract work for Auckland Transport (AT), was found guilty of eight charges of corruption of bribery of an official.
John Noone, a former director of transportation at the Rodney District Council (RDC) and later an AT employee, faced six charges of corruption or bribery of an offic- ial. Noone was found guilty and convicted on all six charges he faced.
The Serious Fraud Office brought the claims against the Noone and Borlase. The alleged offending took place between 2006 and 2013 relating to roading project consultation contracts Projenz carried out for RDC and AT.
AT chief executive David Warburton welcomed the guilty verdicts and said the type of behaviour exhibited was ‘‘completely unacceptable’’. He said concerns were first raised in 2013 following an internal review.
Both men were remanded on bail until sentencing in February next year.
The former council employee was found guilty of six charges of corruption.