Home / World News / Public servant jailed for stealing $27m from taxpayers to buy luxury home and racehorses

Public servant jailed for stealing $27m from taxpayers to buy luxury home and racehorses

A senior public servant who stole more than $27m from taxpayers spent most of the cash on a luxurious mansion and thoroughbred racehorses before he was finally nabbed.

Paul Ronald Whyte pocketed $11m directly during the decade-long scheme before he was finally arrested for his corruption in 2019.

Whyte was sentenced in the West Australian Supreme Court on Friday to 12 years in prison.

While Whyte headed the Department of Housing and Department of Communities, three shell companies were used to repeatedly submit fake invoices.

WA bureaucrat Paul Whyte was arrested in 2019. Supplied
Camera IconWA bureaucrat Paul Whyte was arrested in 2019. Supplied Credit: Supplied

Whyte’s crime was eventually uncovered by the Corruption and Crime Commission and WA Police.

At one point after his corruption was exposed, the father-of-three tried to take his own life and was in hospital for weeks.

More than $5m of the money Whyte stole has been repaid, following the sale of his properties and some racehorses, but there is still about $22m that will never be recovered.

Whyte must serve at least 10 years behind bars before he can be eligible for parole.

Mental health support

About brandsauthority

Check Also

Kokkinakis: 'I was pretty much ineffective'

Thanasi Kokkinakis has admitted he was nervous, low on confidence and rusty going into his …

%d bloggers like this: