Company director jailed

Lee Geoffrey Devereux, (33) was the seventh person convicted of serious offences linked to a multi-million dollar procurement scandal at the City, which were exposed during public hearings held by the CCC in 2010.

Devereux pleaded guilty to one count of corruption for submitting a false invoice for work he did on the Dianella library roof in a scheme concocted by the council’s former building co-ordinator.

He was jailed for 15 months on Friday.

The false invoice was approved by the building co-ordinator and the proceeds were shared by the two men.

They used part of the money to buy a $54,934 tractor.

Devereux has since repaid more than $68,000 to the council.

District Court judge Anette Schoombee said Devereux’s offending was made worse by his giving false evidence to the CCC on four occasions during private and public examinations.

She sentenced him to 12 months jail for corruption and six months jail, to be served concurrently, for each of the four false testimony offences, with one to start three months before the end of the head sentence.

Five other private contractors ” Walter Czerkasow, Thomas Van Grootel, Michael Carroll, William McIlhoney and one whose name was suppressed ” were convicted and sentenced to 12 to 18 months in jail for corruption relating to work for the City of Stirling.

Lawyer Trevor Brickhill, who told his client to destroy evidence and had lied to the CCC, was fined $10,000 and given a suspended jail term. Another person has been charged and is due to appear in court at the end of the month.

City of Stirling chief executive Stuart Jardine said he was unable to comment on the case and charges for legal reasons, but he did confirm the City has thoroughly reviewed its purchasing polices and practices.