Land and Property Management Authority – alleged corrupt conduct concerning matters arising from Currawong property purchase (Operation Napier)

The ICAC investigated allegations that Land and Property Management Authority (LPMA) chief executive officer Warwick Watkins committed the NSW Government to the purchase of property at Currawong, Pittwater, knowing that he did not have the requisite authority to do so, and that the Hon Anthony Kelly, the then minister for lands, sought to authorise the purchase although he knew he was not authorised to do so.

The Commission also examined an allegation that Mr Kelly backdated to 28 February 2011 a letter to Mr Watkins, knowing that it would be used by Mr Watkins to falsely represent that he had written authority of Mr Kelly as of that date to purchase the Currawong property. It is also alleged that Mr Watkins and the LPMA chief financial officer Robert Costello, knowing that the letter dated 28 February 2011 was backdated, used the letter to represent falsely that Mr Watkins had written authority of Mr Kelly as of that date to purchase the property.

In its report on the investigation, made public on 12 December 2011, the Commission made corrupt conduct findings against Mr Watkins, Mr Kelly and Mr Costello. The Commission is of the opinion that the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions should be sought with respect to the prosecution of Mr Watkins, Mr Kelly and Mr Costello for various criminal offences.

Investigation reports Investigation reports
Investigation into the unauthorised purchase of property at Currawong by the Chief Executive of the Land and Property Management Authority (Operation Napier)(December 2011) View full report
Findings of corrupt conduct Findings of corrupt conduct
Findings of corrupt conduct View findings
Recommendations for prosecutions Recommendations for prosecutions
Recommendations for prosecutions View recommendations
Recommendations for disciplinary action Recommendations for disciplinary action
Recommendations for disciplinary action View recommendations
Recommendations for corruption prevention Recommendations for corruption prevention
Recommendations for corruption prevention View recommendations
Transcripts Transcripts
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Public Notices, Media Releases and Fact Sheets Public Notices, Media Releases and Fact Sheets
Fact sheet - Operation Napier View fact sheet
Former minister and ex-LPMA chief corrupt, finds ICAC View media release
Land and Property Management Authority – alleged corrupt conduct concerning matters arising from Currawong property purchase (Operation Napier) View public notice
ICAC public inquiry into matters arising from Currawong property purchase View media release