Monday, 8 September 2008

Rail rorts: ICAC recommends charges

The ICAC has recommended the DPP consider charges over corruption at RailCorp.

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has found another four RailCorp employees received large cash payments for awarding work to favoured contractors.

The findings relate to kickbacks in exchange for RailCorp contracts dating back to 2001.

The commission has found former RailCorp employees Allan Walker, Paul Sventek and Kevin Dulhunty received more than $1 million in improper payments.

It says they falsified plant hire dockets with several contractors and received payments in return.

The ICAC has found Allan Walker used $500,000 mainly to finance a gambling habit.

In a separate report, the commission found former RailCorp employee Ivan Stanic received at least $120,000 for awarding work to favoured contractors.

In both cases, the ICAC has recommended the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) consider charges against the former employees and the contractors.

In some cases, the commission says all parties knew the work would never be done.

There have now been four ICAC reports into bribery and corruption at RailCorp.

More reports are due before it makes final recommendations on reforming RailCorp's structure to prevent future corruption.

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