ICAC looks at gifts given to councils

Corruption allegations concerning acceptance of gifts and benefits and alleged payment of fraudulent invoices will be looked into by the Independent Commission against Crime (ICAC).
According to the ICAC it will be investigating allegations that employees of 110 state and local council authorities including; Lithgow City; Ballina Shire; Orange City; Walgett Shire; City of Sydney; Waverley; Burwood; Botany Bay; Liverpool City; Bathurst Regional; Broken Hill City; Byron Shire; Narrandera Shire councils; and the Roads and Traffic Authority.
ICAC will be looking at claims that employees accepted benefits including gift cards and other items from companies including Hilindi (trading as R&R Tape Supplies); Momar Australia; and NCH Australia Pty Ltd in return for placing orders and continuing business relationships with these companies.

The Commission is also investigating allegations that Geoffrey Hadley, former Senior council storeman at Bathurst Regional Council and Kerry Smith, former storeman at Yass Valley Council, facilitated payment of fraudulent invoices generated by Robin Newman and others totalling up to $1.5 million.

ICAC’s investigation will begin on 4 October in Sydney New South Wales.

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