The WA fraud squad yesterday stepped up its investigation into disgraced whistleblower Ashton Foley, seizing the recordings of a television interview with her husband Wayne from Channel 7.
Detectives took tapes of the interview, conducted by _The West Australian _'s journalist Gary Adshead for _Today Tonight _, as part of a police inquiry into Mrs Foley, who is believed to be on the run with four young children.
The search for Mrs Foley continued as it emerged she threatened to "drip feed the media with dirty laundry" about her employer unless she was paid more than $40,000 in salary entitlements, according to a document submitted to WA's Supreme Court.
Mrs Foley told a consultant to Peel Health Campus, from where she had resigned as chief operating officer, "that PHC could have made this very simple and this could all go away if she was paid", according to an affidavit sworn in October.
The affidavit alleges Mrs Foley telephoned the consultant after an article in the Mandurah Mail quoted her making damaging claims about the way the hospital was managed.
"Ashton asked me to pass on a message 'that unless she is paid what she is owed ($33,000 plus $9000 in leave entitlements) she will continue to drip feed the media with the dirty laundry about PHC'," the affidavit said.
"She said that PHC could have made all go away if she was paid." According to the affidavit, Mrs Foley said that "since she came out in the media, she has had a number of staff email and call her to show their support" and that she was "meeting with a Labor representative tomorrow to discuss further".
Shadow health minister Roger Cook, who highlighted Mrs Foley's allegations about PHC in Parliament and in the media, said he was unaware of the affidavit.
"I know she thought they owed her some money but never, throughout the entire process, did she talk about ever wanting to gain from this," he said.