Corruption watchdog charges ex Vic education department employee with conspiracy to defraud and misconduct in public office

By Shannon Jenkins

Wednesday October 14, 2020

The Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission has charged four people following an investigation into allegations of “serious corruption” involving a provider of quantity surveying services.

The corruption watchdog on Tuesday said the investigation, Operation Merrica, had also looked into contracts issued by the Department of Education and Training (DET) and the Victorian School Building Authority (VSBA).

Charges have been laid against four people — a former DET worker, an ex VSBA employee, and two individuals associated with the provider — for offences including conspiracy to cheat and defraud and misconduct in public office.

Those charged are due to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on November 16.


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Earlier this year IBAC found a former DET project manager had misused departmental information, influenced processes for procuring contracted staffing services, and circumvented those processes to obtain the unfair advantage.

The agency also identified issues with the department’s culture, policies, systems and controls in a several areas, and made a number of recommendations regarding procurement processes, employees and contractors.

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