ICAC to hold public inquiry into corruption allegations involving Sydney University IT staff and contractor employment

Monday 12 March 2012

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) will hold a public inquiry commencing on Tuesday 20 March 2012 as part of an investigation it is conducting into corruption allegations concerning a University of Sydney manager's use of a recruitment agency, in which he and his wife had an interest, to recruit contractors and staff to the university.
 
It is alleged that between January 2007 and May 2011, university IT manager Atilla Demiralay and his associates engaged, or recommended the engagement of, contractors or staff for the university from Succuro, a business in which Mr Demiralay's wife, Virginia Kantarzis, was involved, and later from Succuro Recruitment Pty Ltd, a company in which Mr Demiralay and Ms Kantarzis both had an interest.

The Commission is also investigating allegations that Mr Demiralay and his associates engaged, or recommended the engagement of, certain contractors and other staff for the university due to personal associations with those persons, and that they improperly manipulated the recruitment process to engage, or recommend the engagement of, certain contractors or staff for the university or to justify the engagement of certain contractors or staff.

The public inquiry will start at 10:00 am and will be held in the Commission's hearing room at Level 21, 133 Castlereagh Street, Sydney. ICAC Assistant Commissioner, Ms Theresa Hamilton, will preside at the public inquiry, which is set down for up to four days.

Media contact:
ICAC's Manager Communications & Media, Nicole Thomas (02) 8281 5799 / 0417 467 801

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