Wednesday, 8 October 2008

ICAC recommends criminal charges

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has released its final report into corruption at Wollongong Council and is recommending that 11 people be charged with criminal offences.

The commission has asked the Department of Public Prosecutions to look at prosecuting the former Wollongong council planning officer Beth Morgan.

The commission found she abused her position to provide favours to developers with whom she was intimately involved.

ICAC also made corrupt conduct fndings against the developers Frank Vella and Bulent "Glen" Tabak, as well as senior council staff and former councillors.

The first ICAC report, released in March, questioned development consents granted by senior planner Ms Morgan to developers Frank Vellar, Glan Tabak and Michael Kollaris.

It also investigated alleged corrupt conduct by four ALP councillors, including former deputy mayor Kiril Jonovski.

It recommended the council be sacked.

The second report delivered a month later recommended suspension of a development application for the $100 million Quattro development.


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