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Four workers on Melbourne’s sky rail project have been charged over the theft of $200,000 worth of construction materials from work sites.
The Sunday Herald Sun can reveal the brazen heist is one of dozens of fraud and corruption cases within Victoria’s public service since July 1 last year, costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Police have also been called in to probe contractors who worked on the Caulfield to Dandenong sky rail project over potentially fraudulent timesheets.
Level Crossing Removal Authority chief Kevin Devlin said: “Any matter of this nature is taken very seriously. We have zero tolerance for any illegal activity on our project sites.”
Sky rail concept art. Four workers were charged with stealing material from the project’s work sites.The Education Department — which has been marred by serious corruption in recent years — has dealt with five significant incidents in the past 12 months, including a worker busted falsely claiming leave entitlements.
Four other matters are being probed by police, including two phishing scams where criminals tried to rip off taxpayers by hacking a government supplier’s communications and providing false bank account details.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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