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CCC won't investigate Whitsunday deputy mayor Willcox

The Crime and Corruption Commission says allegations of misconduct did not raise reasonable suspicion of corruption or criminal activity.
The Crime and Corruption Commission says allegations of misconduct did not raise reasonable suspicion of corruption or criminal activity. contributed

QUEENSLAND'S corruption watchdog will not investigate allegations of corruption made against Whitsunday deputy mayor Andrew Willcox. 

The Whitsunday Ratepayers Association referred Cr Willcox to the Crime and Corruption Commission in relation to alleged misconduct during failed talks over a $300 million Airlie Beach development.

The CCC announced on Wednesday it had assessed the allegations and would not investigate Cr Willcox.

In a statement the CCC said the allegations had not raised "reasonable suspicion of corrupt conduct or identify any possible criminal offence".

"When the CCC receives information or a referral containing allegations, it first assesses the matter to determine whether it is in the CCC's jurisdiction and, if so, whether a CCC investigation is warranted," it said.

"In the case of elected officials, the CCC is limited to investigating allegations of corrupt conduct that involve the commission of a criminal offence.

"The information provided by the WRA did not raise a reasonable suspicion of corrupt conduct or identify any possible criminal offence. On that basis, the CCC will take no further action."

Cr Willcox did not respond to ARM Newsdesk's request for comment on Wednesday. - ARM NEWSDESK

Topics:  corruption council crime and corruption commission politics whitsunday


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