Rural Fire Service – allegations concerning catering supply and other matters (Operation Vika)

The ICAC investigated allegations concerning alleged corrupt payments related to the supply of catering and other products to the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) between 2009 and 2015. The Commission examined, amongst other matters, whether payments made by the RFS to catering companies controlled by Scott Homsey were induced by representations made by RFS employees (Arthur) John Hacking and Paul Springett, RFS volunteer Darren Hacking, and Mr Homsey, which they knew to be false or misleading, or by those persons concealing facts from the RFS that they had a duty to disclose.

In its report on the investigation, made public on 17 December 2015, the Commission makes findings of serious corrupt conduct against John Hacking, Scott Homsey and Gay Homsey. The Commission does not make any findings of serious corrupt conduct in respect of Paul Springett or Darren Hacking. 

The Commission is of the opinion that consideration should be given to obtaining the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions with respect to the prosecution of John Hacking, Mr Homsey and Mrs Homsey for various offences.

The ICAC also makes four corruption prevention recommendations to the Rural Fire Service to help prevent the recurrence of the conduct exposed in this investigation in the future.

Investigation reports Investigation reports
Investigation into the conduct of officers of the nsw rural fire service and others (Operation Vika) (December 2015) 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
ICAC finds former RFS officer and supplier corrupt View media release
MEDIA ALERT:Operation Vika week 1 witness list now available View media release
MEDIA ALERT: Public inquiry into allegations concerning corruption in NSW Rural Fire Service catering supply to start 2 June View media release
Public notice View public notice
Public inquiry into allegations concerning NSW Rural Fire Service catering supply and other matters View media release
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