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Bureaucrat accused of stealing up to $25million in taxpayer money in one of the biggest corruption scandals in Australia’s history is rushed to hospital after ‘self-harming’

  • High-ranking public sector bureaucrat Paul Whyte rushed to hospital on Sunday
  • Charged with stealing more than $2.5 million from taxpayers on Thursday
  • One of two men accused of WA’s biggest-ever public sector corruption scandal

A high-ranking bureaucrat accused of being part of one of Australia’s biggest public sector corruption scandals has been rushed to hospital.

Police, fire and ambulance crews were called to the Mosman Park home of Western Australian Department of Communities assistant director general Paul Whyte in Perth’s south-west on Sunday afternoon.

The medical emergency comes just two days after the suspended official was granted bail in Perth Magistrates Court after being charged with stealing more than $2.5 million from taxpayers over a two year period. 

Perth Magistrates’ Court heard on Friday that figure could be as high as $25million.  

 

Police, paramedics and fire crews (pictured) were called to the Perth home of Western Australian Department of Communities assistant director Paul Whyte

Whyte, 56, was seen being stretchered from his luxury home wearing breathing apparatus into one of three ambulances that were at the scene. 

News footage of the scene also shows several fire trucks and a hazmat vehicle outside the home, along with up to eight police cars.  

‘At this time investigations are continuing in relation to the circumstances,’ WA Police State Operations Acting Inspector George Payton said at the scene.

‘Medical assistance is currently being given to an occupant of this address by trained medical staff.’

Paul Whyte (pictured) was suspended after he was charged with stealing more than $2.5 million from taxpayers over a two year period

Paul Whyte (pictured) was suspended after he was charged with stealing more than $2.5 million from taxpayers over a two year period

Whyte was transported Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital ‘under priority’ where he was being treated for what ­ambulance officers and ­police suspected was self harm, The Australian reported.

Authorities have declined to reveal his condition.

Mr Whyte was suspended after he was charged on Thursday. 

Mr Whyte and his co-accused, physiotherapist Jacob Anthonisz, 43 are accused of raising false invoices for payments to two ‘shelf’ companies.

No services or products were provided, and the men used the money for their own personal purposes, police allege.

Three ambulance vehicles were seen outside Whyte's luxury home in Perth's south-west

Three ambulance vehicles were seen outside Whyte’s luxury home in Perth’s south-west

The charges relate to $2.5 million of public money, but police prosecutors told court on Friday that they have evidence up to $25 million over the last 11 years could have been allegedly stolen.

Both men were granted bail and will reappear in court on December 13. 

Whyte also had to pay a $500,000 personal undertaking and a $500,000 surety.  

Corruption and Crime Commission chief executive Ray Warnes  said the allegations, if proven, could be the most serious case of public sector corruption in Australia.

Attorney-General John Quigley has promised a thorough inquiry. 

For confidential support call Lifeline: 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636. 

Paul Whyte (pictured on Friday) is recovering in hospital and will reappear in court next month

Paul Whyte (pictured on Friday) is recovering in hospital and will reappear in court next month

 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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