A Western Australia public servant has been accused of an alleged bill rip-off which value taxpayers greater than $1 million.
A Fremantle Port Authority supervisor, Jack Merolla, is needed along with his spouse Daniela after the couple boarded a airplane – and did not come again.
Mr Merolla was in command of shopping for navigation gear and dealing with upkeep prices.
Police allege Mr Merolla arrange a variety of shelf firms in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and the US, and that he made it look as if these firms had been supplying the port with their navigation wants.
As a substitute, it is alleged reliable firms had been finishing the orders, however the port money was being paid to Mr Merolla’s faux entities.
When challenged, the 54-year-old stood down and flew along with his spouse to South Africa, the place that they had beforehand lived.
“Our recommendation to them is to come back house now and to type this mess out,” Detective Sergeant Ken Foster stated.
The couple’s daughter and son confronted caught right this moment charged with property laundering, however they haven’t entered pleas.
Detectives are actually working with authorities in South Africa to search out the Merollas and extradite them.