Whitehorse councillor Peter Allan has resigned today in a desperate bid to avoid fraud related charges over his expense claims.
Allan says he obtained a receipt from a Fyshwick, Canberra “strip club” and claimed it as part of his council expenses while in the nation’s capital for a local government conference. He said it was “a mistake”.
VEXNEWS has learned – and reported yesterday – that he had told others that the receipt was for sexual services at a brothel and that it was quite deliberate on his part. Brothel or strip club, legal experts insist it’s still fraud.
As a result of these pressures, Peter Allan has today told the Whitehorse CEO Noelene Duff and his colleagues that he is resigning effective immediately, ahead of an emergency council meeting scheduled to discuss the theft.
Whitehorse insiders say that his resignation won’t discourage them from referring the matter to the authorities for their full investigation and prosecution under the Crimes Act.