A roading contractor treated council staff who awarded his firm contracts – to dozens of four-figure lunches at swanky Auckland eateries – the High Court has heard.
(ed:..seriously..!..when you consider the amounts this contractor would have earned from these corrupt officials – this 400 grand spent on lunches/incidentals is bloody chump-change..and why are the bribers not in court..?..)
Hudson’s analysis of Projenz accounts uncovered $400,000 in gifts – international travel, accommodation – electronics or liquor – provided to Noone or members of his council team.
The analysis revealed $103,413 had been spent by Projenz on 37 of what Hudson called ‘large-scale meals’.
Asked by Crown prosecutor Brian Dickey what a ‘large-scale meal’ was – Hudson said he’d drawn the line at any bill over $500.
‘But in reality most of these large-scale meals were well above $1000′ he said.
A schedule of large-scale meals was presented to the court – reading like a list of Auckland’ swankiest eateries – including such establishments as The Grove – Soul Bar- the O’Connell St Bistro and Kermadec.