Finance officer under fire for credit card misuse

A chief finance officer in a state department in Pilbara has been charged with theft offences after using a government credit card to make personal purchases.

Perth Now reports that the officer, who has not been named, allegedly used the credit card to make numerous personal purchases, racking up bills for paintings, new clothes, a new computer, kitchen knives and a television.

The case was brought after an investigation carried out by the Corruption and Crime Commission.

Nick Anticich, director of operations at the commission, said that the state agency had alerted them to suspected misconduct.

"The chief finance officer, whose role is to monitor financial controls, is alleged to have abused the trust and responsibility placed in them," he said.

The case follows the launch of an inquiry against former Sydney Ferries chief executive Geoffrey Smith, who was sacked from his position after it emerged he had racked up a huge credit card bill for personal items on the company account.

According to the AAP, the former executive spent over $237,000 on private school fees, alcohol, club memberships and other personal expenses.

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