Two transport bureaucrats charged over Operation Fitzroy

Former Department of Transport bureaucrats have been charged over alleged corruption offences. Public Transport Victoria’s CEO committed to comprehensive reform of procurement and cultural change.

Nine people have been charged with fraud-related offences over alleged serious corruption in the transport sector by Victoria’s Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission.

IBAC has confirmed for The Mandarin that two former Department of Transport employees were among those charged, but could not confirm the names until the matter appears before the court. AAP has named the pair as Hoe Ghee (Albert) Ooi and Barry John Wells.

In October 2014 IBAC recommended charges be brought against Ooi and Wells, who allegedly obtained over $3 million in monetary profits and other benefits after around $25 million was paid by Department of Transport and Public Transport Victoria to entities that were controlled either by Wells and Ooi between late 2006 and 2013.

Public Transport Victoria is a statutory authority in the transport portfolio, which formerly sat in the Department of Transport, now the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources.

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