Operation Citrus public notice

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Wednesday 14 March 2012

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) is investigating the use of a recruitment agency, Succuro/Succuro Recruitment Pty Ltd, to recruit contractors and staff to the University of Sydney between January 2007 and May 2011. It is alleged that Atilla Demiralay, a university employee, and persons associated with him:

  1. 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
  2. engaged, or recommended the engagement of, certain contractors and other staff for the university due to personal associations with those persons
  3. 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.

As part of its investigation, the ICAC will hold a public inquiry starting at 10:00 am on Tuesday 20 March 2012, at L21, 133 Castlereagh St., Sydney.

Persons claiming to be substantially and directly interested in this matter may seek leave to be represented at the inquiry, and are invited to contact David Wong on (02) 8281-5999 to advise of their interest.

Members of the public with information relevant to the investigation are encouraged to provide it in writing at GPO Box 500, Sydney, NSW 2001, or by facsimile (02) 9264-5364. The ICAC will treat all information confidentially and has legislative powers to protect people who provide information to the Commission.

Roy Waldon
Solicitor to the Commission

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