Bankstown and Strathfield councils - corrupt manipulation of contract procurement (Operation Torrens)

The ICAC investigated the conduct of a former council officer at Bankstown and Strathfield councils, and a contractor.

The investigation focused on a scheme where the council officer favoured a contractor by forging quotes and arranging for the contractor to submit dummy quotes to falsely demonstrate that they had followed council procurement procedures.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 15 November 2007, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against both individuals. Due to the lack of available admissible evidence, the Commission was not of the opinion that consideration should be given to obtaining the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions with respect to their prosecution for any criminal offence. Four corruption prevention recommendations were made to Bankstown and Strathfield councils.

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