ICAC extends scope of public inquiry into corruption allegations involving security companies and public authorities

Friday 22 June 2012

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) Commissioner, the Hon David Ipp AO QC, today announced the extension of the scope of the ICAC's public inquiry currently underway concerning corruption allegations involving security companies and public authorities (Operation Tilga).

The allegations being investigated now also include that:

• ACG Fire and Security Pty Ltd, through Anthony Grubisic, was involved with Kings Security Group Pty Ltd in collusive tendering for former Department of Housing (DOH) contracts in 2007 and 2008, and agreed to receive or received corrupt benefits for so colluding.

• IPP Consulting Pty Ltd project manager Chris La Greca received, or agreed to receive, corrupt benefits from Kings Security Group Pty Ltd in 2007 in return for recommending the awarding of DOH contracts to Kings Security Group Pty Ltd. IPP was a company engaged by NSW Businesslink Pty Ltd, a public authority. IPP's role included selecting providers of security services for the then DOH.

• Mark Eschbank, the facility services manager of the Bankstown campus at the University of Western Sydney (UWS), received benefits from Kings Security Group Pty Ltd in 2007 in return for improperly assisting Kings Security Group Pty Ltd in regard to a tender to UWS and providing confidential information.

It is anticipated that these allegations will begin to be examined in the public inquiry commencing Monday 30 July 2012. The current allegations presently under examination, as previously announced by the Commission, will continue at this stage until next Friday 29 June.

Previous media announcements and daily transcripts of the current public inquiry segments are available on the ICAC website at www.icac.nsw.gov.au.

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