Sydney Water Corporation - allegations of corrupt conduct concerning inspectors and property asset manager (Operation Siren)

The ICAC investigated whether various Sydney Water Corporation (SWC) inspectors sought corrupt payments or rewards from contractors in relation to the performance of their SWC duties. The Commission also investigated an allegation that then SWC Property Asset Manager Edward Harvey engaged in corrupt conduct in dealings with Paul Makucha and associated companies.

In its report on this investigation, which was made public on 22 March 2011, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against nine individuals including Messrs Harvey and Makucha, plus former Sydney Water employees Kenneth John Buckley, Bryan Kane, Richard Fayers, Robert Funovski and Anthony Vecchio, current employee Robert Rodgers, and constructor John Gerard Ryan.

The ICAC has stated its opinion that the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions be sought with respect to the prosecution of Messrs Buckley, Funovski, Kane, Harvey and Makucha for various offences. The Commission has also made 18 corruption prevention recommendations to assist Sydney Water to prevent similar conduct from occurring in the future.

Investigation reports Investigation reports
Investigation into corrupt conduct of Sydney Water employees and others (March 2011)(Operation Siren) View full report
Findings of corrupt conduct Findings of corrupt conduct
Findings and updates View findings
Recommendations for prosecutions Recommendations for prosecutions
Recommendations for prosecutions and updates View recommendations
Recommendations for disciplinary action Recommendations for disciplinary action
Recommendations for disciplinary action and updates View recommendations
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
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ICAC finds nine corrupt following Sydney Water investigation View media release
Sydney Water Corporation - allegations of corrupt conduct concerning inspectors and property asset manager (Operation Siren) View public notice