LURID MONEY LOST FOR­EVER

Canning Times - - FRONT PAGE - Matt Zis

Fines is­sued to op­er­a­tors of an il­le­gal brothel and a Can­ning­ton restau­rant that was found to be har­bour­ing cock­roaches have been writ­ten off, cost­ing the City of Can­ning al­most $100,000. The coun­cil has ac­cepted it has ex­hausted all ef­forts to re­coup the out­stand­ing money.

FINES is­sued to the op­er­a­tors of an il­le­gal brothel and a Can­ning­ton restau­rant that was found to be har­bour­ing cock­roaches have been writ­ten off, cost­ing the City of Can­ning al­most $100,000.

Ur­ban Tur­ban’s breaches of the Food Act in May 2016 led to a penalty of $54,000, plus $14,000 in court costs and the clo­sure of the In­dian curry chain’s shop at West­field Carousel.

The restau­rant was found to have breached the Food Act by not only al­low­ing cock­roaches into the fa­cil­ity but also hav­ing un­clean fit­tings and equip­ment, and fail­ing to main­tain eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble hand wash­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

All at­tempts to re­cover the money in the past two years, both by the coun­cil and the Fines En­force­ment Agency, failed be­cause the com­pany was no longer trad­ing.

The brothel op­er­a­tor was fined $25,000 and or­dered to pay more than $2000 in costs in June 2015.

Just over $1000 was paid at $50 per month through an ar­range­ment with the Fines En­force­ment Agency, but the pay­ments stopped af­ter 12 months and the agency has not been able to track down the debtor since.

Debts owed to the City of Can­ning that are greater than $10,000 can­not be writ­ten off without coun­cil ap­proval. The coun­cil is still owed more than $350,000 in long-term debts from pros­e­cu­tions.

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