LURID MONEY LOST FOREVER
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.