Ku-ring-gai Council - attempts to improperly influence a council officer (Operation Capella)

The ICAC investigated whether Diana Huang and Wing Mak engaged in corrupt conduct by giving corrupt benefits to Katharine Hawken, an officer at Ku-ring-gai Council.

Ms Hawken was involved with assessing planning applications concerned with a subdivision and development of a property that was owned by a company of which Mr Mak was a director and shareholder. Ms Huang worked for Mr Mak.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 26 February 2009, the ICAC found that Ms Huang engaged in corrupt conduct and stated its opinion that consideration should be given to obtaining the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions with respect to her prosecution for offences of corruptly offering an inducement contrary to section 249B(2) of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW).

The ICAC made three corruption prevention recommendations - one to the Department of Local Government and two to Ku-ring-gai Council.  

Investigation reports Investigation reports
Attempts to improperly influence a Ku-ring-gai Council officer (Operation Capella) (26 Feb 2009) View full report
Findings of corrupt conduct Findings of corrupt conduct
Findings and updates View findings
Recommendations for prosecutions Recommendations for prosecutions
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Recommendations for disciplinary action Recommendations for disciplinary action
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Recommendations for corruption prevention Recommendations for corruption prevention
Recommendations for corruption prevention and updates View recommendations
Transcripts Transcripts
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Public Notices, Media Releases and Fact Sheets Public Notices, Media Releases and Fact Sheets
Fact sheet: Attempts to improperly influence a Ku-ring-gai Council officer View fact sheet
ICAC finds corrupt conduct in attempts to influence Ku-ring-gai Council officer with jewellery and cash View media release