Former Frankston City Council manager Andrew Williamson has been sentenced to 12 months imprisonment for obtaining property by deception and misconduct in public office.
Victoria’s County Court handed down the sentence on Thursday, following an investigation by the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) into a series of fraudulent invoices worth more than $460,000.
Over eight months in 2016-17, Williamson filed dodgy invoices on behalf on an electrician for work that may not have been done, or had its value fraudulently inflated.
The former public servant used the cash to pay off debts, assist his partner and invest into an ultimately failed business venture, the court heard.
Williamson pleaded guilty to misconduct in public office, obtaining property by deception and attempting to obtain property by deception.
IBAC initiated its investigation after receiving a mandatory notification from Frankston City Council, which is required when public sector departments or agencies in Victoria suspect corrupt conduct.