A brewing scandal involving misconduct allegations against Corruption and Crime Commission officers has escalated dramatically amid news that WA Police is investigating five officials over two separate incidents.
The CCC also revealed this afternoon that a third set of allegations in preliminary stages of internal investigation had resulted in one officer being stood down.
Last month The West Australian revealed three CCC officers had been stood down for allegedly misappropriating $1000.
In a statement this afternoon, the CCC said four officers had initially been stood down over the matter and while one was cleared and returned to duty, one has since resigned and two have been sacked.
While it was confirmed this week that the misappropriation investigation had been taken over by Parliamentary Inspector of the CCC, Michael Murray, the CCC statement revealed it was not the only matter being scrutinised by the retired judge.
“On a separate issue, (CCC executive director) Mike Silverstone said the CCC had also examined an apparent time sheet discrepancy involving three staff,” the statement reads.
“Two of the officers had resigned and the third is on leave. This matter is also with the Parliamentary Inspector.
“The Parliamentary Inspector has recently advised the Commission that he has referred the matters which he has taken over – after preliminary investigation by the Commission under his oversight – to the WA Police to be further investigated and if appropriate, to undertake prosecutions according to the ordinary processes of the law.”
The West Australian understands that one of the officers subject to the misappropriation allegations is also subject to the time sheet allegations, so WA Police is investigating five officers.
The CCC would not shed further light on the allegations against the sixth officer which were being handled internally at this preliminary stage under the oversight of Mr Murray.
In total, the raft of damaging allegations against the officers of the CCC – which investigates allegations of public sector impropriety – has resulted in two officers being sacked, three resigning, one on leave, one under preliminary internal investigation and one cleared.
The developments come at a time when the WA Police Union has aired claims of “bullying” of its members during interviews by the CCC and a parliamentary committee is investigating bad blood between the anti-crime agencies.