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Communities boss launches probe after WA public sector fraud

The alleged biggest public sector theft in Western Australia’s history has prompted an independent review into the Department of Communities’ financial dealings.

Former executive Paul Whyte, physiotherapist Jacob Anthonisz and a 45-year-old Beechboro woman who is yet to face court have each been charged with corruption offences.

Paul Whyte was charged over what has been touted as one of the worst cases of public corruption in the country.

Paul Whyte was charged over what has been touted as one of the worst cases of public corruption in the country.Credit:Nine News Perth

Director General Michelle Andrews said Deloitte had been appointed to conduct a “thorough forensic investigation” into all aspects of the department’s financial dealings to ensure appropriate controls were in place or being implemented.

“I have asked for them to look closely and identify any further financial misconduct within the existing department, as well as its former agencies going back to 2008, and to work closely with the ongoing Corruption and Crime Commission and WA Police Force’s investigations,” she said in a statement on Monday.

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