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A former senior bureaucrat at the centre of Western Australia’s biggest public sector theft has not ruled out trying to get out of jail on bail while his lawyers try to ascertain if his fraud was as eye-watering as alleged.

Paul Whyte.

Paul Whyte.Credit:Paul Whyte, 56, and Jacob Anthonisz, 43, have been charged with two counts of official corruption.

A barely recognisable former Department of Communities executive Paul Whyte, 56, appeared via video link from Hakea Prison in Perth Magistrates Court on Monday, sporting a grey beard and having clearly lost weight.

His case was adjourned while he seeks legal advice, with his counsel Michael Tudori telling reporters outside court work continued to determine the scale of the fraud, which his client generally admits.

Whyte previously signalled he was likely to plead guilty to more than 500 corruption charges stemming from the alleged $22 million rort.