Dacre Alcock, former Shire of Dowerin chief, pleads guilty to stealing charges

FORMER Shire of Dowerin chief executive officer Dacre Alcock pleaded guilty yesterday to four separate charges of stealing as a public servant following an investigation by the Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC).

The CCC uncovered 665 instances of theft totalling almost $600,000 from the Shire over four years, from October 2011 to October 2015.

Investigators found Alcock used several methods to steal from his employer, including the use of a Shire-issued purchasing card to deposit money into personal online betting accounts and EFT transfers from the Shire’s Municipal Fund or Trust Fund accounts to his personal bank accounts.

The CCC said its investigation highlighted the importance of the watchdog’s role in prosecuting serious misconduct and reinforced the need for vigilance at all levels of public service.

Alcock was charged on November 3 last year.

He pleaded guilty in Northam Magistrates Court and will be sentenced in the Perth District Court on May 27.