Bureaucrat accused of stealing up to $ 2.5 million in public sector corruption scandal rushed to the hospital
Bureaucrat accused of stealing up to $ 25 million in tax money in one of Australia's biggest public sector corruption scandals, is being taken to hospital after & # 39; self-harm & # 39;
- Senior bureaucrat Paul Whyte hurried to the hospital on Sunday
- Accused of stealing more than $ 2.5 million from taxpayers on Thursday
- One of the two men accused of WA & # 39; s biggest corruption scandal ever in the public sector
A high-ranking bureaucrat accused of being part of one of the biggest corruption scandals in the public sector has been taken to the hospital.
On Sunday afternoon, police, fire, and ambulance crews were driven to Mosman Park's home from Assistant General Paul Whyte of the Western Australian Department of Communities in southwest Perth.
The medical emergency comes just two days after the suspended civil servant bail was granted in Perth Magistrates Court after being charged with stealing more than $ 2.5 million from taxpayers over a two-year period.
The Perth court heard on Friday that this figure could go up to $ 25 million.
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Police, paramedics and fire brigade (photo) were called to the Perth home of assistant director Paul Whyte of the Western Australian Department of Communities
Whyte, 56, was seen stretched out of his luxury home with breathing apparatus in one of the three ambulances that were on site.
News images from the scene also show various fire engines and a hazmat vehicle outside the home, along with up to eight police cars.
& # 39; Investigations regarding the circumstances are ongoing & # 39 ;, said inspector George Payton of on-site WA Police State Operations.
& # 39; Medical assistance is currently being provided to a resident of this address by trained medical personnel. & # 39;
Paul Whyte (photo) was suspended after being charged with stealing more than $ 2.5 million from taxpayers over a two-year period
Whyte was transported Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital & # 39; under priority & # 39; where he was being treated for what ambulance officers and police suspected was self-harm, The Australian reported.
Authorities refused to disclose his situation.
Mr. Whyte was suspended after being charged on Thursday.
Whyte and his co-guilty, physical therapist Jacob Anthonisz, 43 are accused of submitting false invoices for payments to two & # 39; shelf & # 39; companies.
No services or products were provided and the men used the money for their own personal purposes, the police claim.
Three ambulance vehicles were seen outside the luxury home of Whyte in southwest Perth
The charges relate to $ 2.5 million in government money, but the prosecutors told the court on Friday that they could have stolen evidence of up to $ 25 million in the last 11 years.
Both men received bail and appear in court again on December 13.
Whyte also had to pay a personal enterprise of $ 500,000 and a security deposit of $ 500,000.
Corruption and Crime Commission chief executive Ray Warnes said the allegations, if proven, could be the most serious case of corruption in the public sector in Australia.
Attorney General John Quigley has promised a thorough investigation.
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Paul Whyte (pictured on Friday) recovers in the hospital and will appear in court again next month
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