Findings of corrupt conduct

Operation Indus

The ICAC found that Moses Obeid engaged in corrupt conduct by providing a $10,800 benefit to the then Hon Eric Roozendaal MLC as an inducement for Mr Roozendaal to show favour to Obeid business interests in the exercise of his official functions, or the receipt of which would tend to influence Mr Roozendaal to show favour to Obeid business interests in the exercise of his public official functions.

Operation Jasper

The ICAC found that Ian Macdonald engaged corrupt conduct by:

  • entering into an agreement with Edward Obeid Sr and Moses Obeid whereby he acted contrary to his public duty as a minister of the Crown by arranging for the creation of the Mount Penny tenement for the purpose of benefiting Edward Obeid Sr, Moses Obeid and other members of the Obeid family
  • entering into an agreement with Edward Obeid Sr and Moses Obeid whereby he acted contrary to his public duty as a minister of the Crown by providing Moses Obeid or members of the Obeid family with confidential information for the purpose of benefiting Edward Obeid Sr, Moses Obeid and other members of the Obeid family
  • deciding to reopen the expressions of interest (EOIs) process for exploration licences in order to favour Travers Duncan
  • providing Mr Duncan with confidential information, being the document titled "Proposed NSW Coal Allocations", and advice that the process for EOIs in coal release areas was to be reopened.

Edward Obeid Sr and Moses Obeid each engaged in corrupt conduct by:

  • entering into an agreement with Mr Macdonald whereby Mr Macdonald acted contrary to his public duty as a minister of the Crown by arranging for the creation of the Mount Penny tenement for the purpose of benefiting Edward Obeid Sr, Moses Obeid and other members of the Obeid family
  • entering into an agreement with Mr Macdonald whereby Mr Macdonald acted contrary to his public duty as a minister of the Crown by providing Moses Obeid or other members of the Obeid family with confidential information for the purpose of benefiting Edward Obeid Sr, Moses Obeid and other members of the Obeid family.

Mr Duncan, John McGuigan, John Atkinson, John Kinghorn and Richard Poole engaged in corrupt conduct by intending to deceive relevant NSW Government public authorities or officials as to the involvement of the Obeids in the Mount Penny tenement.

Operation Acacia

The ICAC found that Ian Macdonald engaged in corrupt conduct by acting contrary to his duties as a minister of the Crown in granting Doyles Creek Mining Pty Ltd (DCM) consent to apply for a coal exploration licence (EL) for land at Doyles Creek and granting the EL to DCM, both grants being substantially for the purpose of benefiting the company's chairman, John Maitland.

The ICAC finds that John Maitland engaged in corrupt conduct by making and publishing to the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) several false or misleading statements in relation to DCM's application for consent to apply for the EL and for the EL.

The ICAC finds that Craig Ransley engaged in corrupt conduct by agreeing to Mr Maitland publishing to the DPI some of those false or misleading statements, and by making false or misleading statements and agreeing to Mr Maitland publishing those statements to the DPI.

The ICAC finds that Andrew Poole engaged in corrupt conduct by agreeing to Mr Maitland publishing to the DPI some of the false or misleading statements.

The ICAC finds that Michael Chester engaged in corrupt conduct by making false or misleading statements and agreeing to Mr Maitland publishing those statements to the DPI.

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