A QUEENSLAND fire inspector has been slapped with four charges of official corruption following a joint investigation led by the Crime and Corruption Commission.
The 43-year-old Teneriffe man was arrested by CCC investigators this morning.
The CCC allege the man, an Inspector with QFES, was involved in corrupt procurement practices.
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Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Katarina Carroll said she was “deeply disappointed in the alleged actions of one of [their] employees.”
“QFES has cooperated fully with the CCC during the investigation and will continue to do so while the joint investigation continues,” Commissioner Carroll said.
“I would like to reassure the public that Queensland Fire and Emergency Services is made up of 48,000 staff and volunteers who I have every confidence in their dedication and outstanding efforts in ensuring Queensland is prepared and kept safe during times of need.”
The man is currently suspended from QFES and is due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on 22 November 2017.
CCC Chairperson Alan MacSporran QC said the results of the investigation should be a reminder to all public servants, regardless of where they work throughout Queensland, that they are required to act with integrity at all times.
“It is incumbent on everyone working across the public service to ensure they act transparently and with integrity,” Mr MacSporran said.
“This joint investigation demonstrates public servants are not immune from criminal prosecution when their conduct does not serve the public interest and where such conduct allegedly contravenes the law.”