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New charges for former Central Goldfields Shire Council CEO

Mr Mark Johnston, former CEO of Central Goldfields Shire Council, has been served with 26 new charges following a comprehensive investigation by the Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate.

The new charges relate to obtaining a financial advantage by deception for alleged misuse of a corporate credit card over several periods between August 2009 and September 2013.

This is in addition to the 41 charges served on Mr Johnston by the Inspectorate in July, which included two charges under the Local Government Act relating to conflict of interest, 34 charges under the Crimes Act relating to obtaining financial advantage by deception, and five charges of false accounting.

The charges were filed in the Melbourne Magistrates Court last Friday and the matter is listed for initial mention at the Maryborough Magistrates Court on 14 December 2017.

As the matter is now before the courts, no further comment can be provided at this time.

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