The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) found Mr Chau solicited $10000 from a company negotiating a business deal with the council.
According to the ICAC report, Mr Chau asked for the money from Tenix Solutions’ NSW Business Development Manager Phillip Armstrong to cover the costs of an unnamed Liberal Party of Australia candidate standing at an upcoming Council by-election.
No Liberal Party candidate had been selected to stand and Mr Chau had no affiliation with the party at the time, the report said.
The negotiations between Tenix Solutions, Vehicle Motoring Services and Strathfield Municipal Council were originally about installing a Parking Infringement Camera System (PICS).
According to the report said Mr Chau falsely represented to Mr Armstrong that the Council had authorised him to act on its behalf to promote the Council’s adoption of PICS technology.
Mr Armstrong was found by the ICAC, to be a “truthful witness” and Mr Chau’s purported favour to him about the business proposal was “intended for form the basis” upon which he could solicit a payment from him.
It was concluded in the report that Mr Chau sought the money for his own personal use due to his own credit card debt and legal expenses.
The Commission’s report recommends advice to be sought from the Director of Public Prosecutions to arraign Mr Chau.
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