Allegedly corrupt staffer gifted BMW: cops
A government employee was allegedly gifted a luxury car and tens of thousands of dollars in kickbacks after securing an $1.8m contract.
The former Department of Communities employee was one of two men arrested by West Australian police last month as part of an ongoing investigation into alleged corruption between business contractors and employees at the state government department.
Police will allege in court the 62-year-old Woodvale man was in a position managing projects relating to country housing and construction when he began a second job with a civil works company without disclosing it to management at the department.
Through his position at the department, the employee allegedly awarded projects to the company directly and even chaired tender selection panels that ultimately delivered the contractor high-value contracts without disclosing his conflict of interest.
Police allege the 62-year-old was awarded $70,000 – including $50,000 via an electronic transfer and $15,000 in cash – as a result of a $1.8m contract being awarded to the contractor by the department in 2018.
The following year, the civil works company was again awarded four contracts by the employee worth more than $350,000, which police allege resulted in the employee being gifted an $18,000 BMW sedan and $10,000 in cash.
The former employee and a 66-year-old Brockman man employed by the civil works company were both arrested last month by WA police.
They have each been charged with two counts of public officer acts corruptly in performance or discharge of functions.
WA police also confirmed that the BMW had been seized as part of the ongoing investigation.