Ex-coun­cil worker found guilty in cor­rup­tion case

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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.

SI­MON MAUDE/FAIRFAX NZ

The for­mer coun­cil em­ployee was found guilty of six charges of cor­rup­tion.

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