Office of the NSW Ombudsman - handling of complaints by a private individual

The ICAC investigated the professional relationship between the NSW Ombudsman and a private individual, who owned companies manufacturing gaming machines ("the company owner") and for whom the Ombudsman had acted as a solicitor prior to his appointment as NSW Ombudsman in February 1988.

The company owner had made complaints prior to that date to the Office of the NSW Ombudsman against certain police officers, which were still under consideration at the time of the Ombudsman's appointment in February 1988.

The ICAC's investigation sought to establish whether the NSW Ombudsman had affected, or attempted to affect, the honest and impartial performance of the functions of the Deputy Ombudsman or any other officer of the Ombudsman in relation to their investigation or inquiry into, or reporting on, the complaints made by the company owner.

In its report on this investigation, made public in June 1999, the ICAC found no evidence of impropriety of any sort and made no findings of corrupt conduct against any person.

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