Monadelphous project manager accused of $30,000 renovation at company’s expense

A former Monadelphous project manager is standing trial in Gladstone District Court accused of defrauding the company out of more than $30,000.

Bruce Alfred Little pleaded not guilty to a series of offences alleged to have occurred from mid-July, 2006 to March 16, 2010.

Crown prosecutor Melissa Wilson told the court Little used company resources to carry out improvements on a property he owns at Cania Way, Clinton.

It is alleged Little used company equipment, workers and a surplus in project budgets to carry out work on a pool and deck at the home, as well as other renovations and odd-jobs, Gladstone Observer reported.

Wilson alleges costs were charged back to a contract Monadelphous had with Queensland Alumina Limited at the time.

Former carpenters for the company Kyle Fagg and Adam Zawilla, took the stand yesterday and said they had carried out work at Little’s house under the direct orders of superiors.

Fagg said he had built a shed at the property over about one or two months when asked by defence barrister Peter Richards if employees were sent to the house when there was no other work to do.

"We just went to this job as far as I know, just to fill in," Fagg said.

Current site supervisor and ex-civil supervisor for Monadelphous, Todd Hansen, was in charge of posting Fagg and Zawilla to work at Little’s property.

He told the court he had agreed to the practice because “he (Little) was my boss".

Likewise former employee Reece Kite told the court he had carried out work for Little "because he was a boss and he asked me".

Former apprentice carpenter at Monadelphous, Anthony Clampett, said superiors often asked employees to carry out "foreigners" during work hours – jobs that were not directly related to the QAL contract.

The jury is considering its verdict.


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