A former Anglo American executive has been accused of stealing more than $4 million from the company.
Glenn Tonkin, 50, had been managing Anglo’s Grosvenor underground mine in Moranbah before quitting the job after being confronted with the allegations last month.
In documents filed in Brisbane’s Supreme Court, Anglo said Tonkin created fake invoices and commissioned work which was never undertaken, ABC reported.
Anglo said money earmarked by Tonkin to pay for mine equipment and services was sent to offshore bank accounts.
Advanced Mining Services (AMS) in New York City was allegedly paid $3 million for consulting services it did not provide.
Investigations found AMS has an office and a bank account in London, and the office manager there said the company was owned by an Australian man.
Meanwhile, Anglo claims a real company in Florida was used by Tonkin to pocket hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Emails tendered to the court show correspondence between Tonkin and sales manager of Motor Protection Electronics (MPE), Hank Testolin.
However MPE says it does not employ anyone with that name and was not doing business with Anglo.
The Brisbane Supreme Court has frozen $1.5 million of Tonkin’s assets.
Anglo has reported the alleged incidents to the Queensland Police.