Bankstown and Strathfield councils - corrupt manipulation of contract procurement (Operation Torrens)

The ICAC investigated the conduct of Scott Freeman, a former council officer at Bankstown and Strathfield councils, and contractor Terence Stepto.

The investigation focused on a scheme where Mr Freeman favoured a contractor by forging quotes and arranging for Mr Stepto to submit dummy quotes to falsely demonstrate he had followed council procurement procedures.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 15 November 2007, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against Mr Freeman and Mr Stepto but stated its opinion that, due to the lack of available admissible evidence, consideration should not be given to obtaining the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions with respect to their prosecution for any criminal offence. Four corruption prevention recommendations were made to Bankstown and Strathfield councils.

Investigation reports Investigation reports
Report on corrupt manipulation of contract procurement at Bankstown and Strathfield councils (Operation Torrens) (15 Nov 2007) 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
Public Notices, Media Releases and Fact Sheets Public Notices, Media Releases and Fact Sheets
Fact Sheet: Corrupt manipulation of contract procurement procedures at Bankstown and Strathfield councils View fact sheet
ICAC finds corrupt conduct against former Bankstown and Strathfield council officer and contractor View media release