February 24, 2008
Canberra, Australia (The Weekly Vice) -- Oh here she comes. Watch out boy she'll chew you up. Oh here she comes. She's a man eater. Here's a story in which the popular 80s Hall and Oats song 'Man Eater' couldn't describe more accurately. It's a sex scandal that is rocking Australia.
Beth Morgan, a 32 year old Wollongong Australia city planner was caught by an undercover sting by investigators who are unraveling a series of sexual relationships Ms. Morgan had with three developers in exchange for favors and gifts.
Morgan, who is a single mom is accused of approving millions of pounds worth of illegal buildings in return for lavish gifts and flings with developers.
While Morgan has been sacked by her council employer last year for 'serious misconduct', the full impact of her tangled web of sexual exploits are continuing to unfold in a courtroom before the Independent Commission Against Corruption.
Morgan has earned the nick name "The Mile High-Rise Girl". The name stuck after one of the developers she was involved with her accused her of being on a 'mission for sex'. While two developers have admitted affairs with her, a third suspected developer has denied having more than a friendship with Morgan.
The case also involves a couple of con men who attempted to blackmail Morgan and the developers out of tens of thousands of pounds in exchange for their silence about the scandal.
The commission is now exploring the possibility of corruption among ministers in the government in connection with four major South Wales building projects worth more than £63million. Four state ministers have been indirectly linked by the ICAC to central figures in the furore.
Corruption investigators have collected phone records, documenting hundreds of hours of evening and weekend phone conversations between Morgan and her 'friends'. They have acquired photographs of Morgan with the men she pursued and obtained copies of emails and messages. Cash payments, cameras, expensive handbags, vacations and junkets make up some of the gifting, the ICAC heard in testimony.
The Morgan case has captivated Australians who don't commonly hear about corruption scandals within their government, let alone one that centers on the lurid details of sexual relationships among them.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
Welcome to the club Australia. Nice to have you mates aboard the Scandal Express with the rest of the world.
The Weekly Vice