Public inquiry into corruption allegations concerning former Casino Boolangle LALC CEO

Friday 22 April 2016

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) will hold a public inquiry commencing on Wednesday 4 May 2016 as part of an investigation it is conducting into allegations concerning former Casino Boolangle Local Aboriginal Land Council (CBLALC) chief executive officer, Linda Stewart, and former CBLALC administrative assistant, Veronica Skinner (Operation Nestor).

The Commission is investigating allegations that, between 1 June 2010 and 12 October 2011, Ms Stewart and Ms Skinner defrauded the CBLALC by issuing fraudulent invoices and certifying documentation to enable them to cash cheques drawn on the CBLALC bank account for their own benefit.

It is also alleged that, between 13 October 2011 and 5 September 2012, Ms Stewart defrauded the CBLALC by issuing fraudulent invoices and certifying documentation to enable her to cash cheques drawn on the CBLALC bank account for her own benefit. The alleged fraud totalled close to $80,000.

The public inquiry will start at 10:00 am and will be held in the Commission's hearing room on Level 7, 255 Elizabeth Street, Sydney.

The ICAC Commissioner, the Hon Megan Latham, will preside at the public inquiry, and Counsel Assisting the Commission will be Mr Scott Robertson. The inquiry is set down for three days.

Media contact: ICAC Manager Communications & Media, Nicole Thomas, 02 8281 5799 / 0417 467 801