NSW Parliament – allegations of corrupt conduct concerning the Sitting Day Relief entitlement (Operation Syracuse)

Year: 2010 Status: Completed

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) conducted an investigation into whether Angela D’Amore, MP and members of her electorate office staff, falsely claimed payments from the NSW Parliament with respect to the Sitting Day Relief entitlement in the period 29 August 2006 to 29 June 2007.

In its report on this investigation, which was made public on 7 December 2010, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against Ms D’Amore and her electorate staff member Agatha La Manna .The ICAC has stated its opinion that the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions should be sought with respect to the prosecution of Ms D’Amore for two common law offences of misconduct in public office.

Findings of corrupt conduct

The ICAC has found that Angela D'Amore and Agatha La Manna engaged in corrupt conduct in connection with the submission of false claims for sitting day relief payments.

 

Recommendations for prosecutions

The Commission must seek the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on whether any prosecution should be commenced. The DPP determines whether any criminal charges can be laid, and conducts all prosecutions. The Commission provides information on this website in relation to the status of prosecution recommendations and outcomes as advised by the DPP. The progress of matters is generally within the hands of the DPP. Accordingly, the Commission does not directly notify persons affected of advice received from the DPP or the progress of their matters generally.

The ICAC is of the opinion that the advice of the DPP should be sought with respect to the prosecution of Angela D'Amore for two common law offences of misconduct in public office.

The DPP has advised the Commission that there is insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution of Ms D'Amore. The DPP's advice not to proceed is accepted by the Commission.

 

Recommendations for disciplinary action

The Commission is of the opinion that consideration should be given to the taking of action against Ms La Manna with a view to dismissing, dispensing with, or otherwise terminating her services.

 

Recommendations for corruption prevention

There are no corruption prevention recommendations made in relation to this investigation.


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