Findings of corrupt conduct

The Commission has found that Fortunato (Lucky) Gattellari engaged in corrupt conduct by making payments and providing other financial benefits to Ron Mason totalling approximately $38,300, and to Ken Foster totalling approximately $31,300, to help facilitate negotiations relating to a joint venture agreement between the Wagonga Local Aboriginal Land Council (Wagonga LALC) and the Medich Group. Mr Gattellari also engaged in corrupt conduct by making payments to Vanessa Mason totalling approximately $127,746 to facilitate negotiations between the Wagonga LALC and his company Water View Developments Pty Ltd in relation to proposed long-term leases.

The Commission has found that Ron Mason engaged in corrupt conduct by accepting the payments and other financial benefits from Mr Gattellari as an inducement and reward for using his position as Wagonga LALC chairperson to facilitate and assist negotiations with the Medich Group in relation to the joint venture agreement.

The Commission has found that Ken Foster acted corruptly by accepting the payments and other benefits from Mr Gattellari as an inducement to use his position as Wagonga LALC coordinator to facilitate negotiations with the Medich Group in relation to the joint venture agreement.

The Commission has found that Vanessa Mason engaged in corrupt conduct by accepting the payments made to her and her company, Emandem Enterprises, by Mr Gattellari as a reward for having used her position as Wagonga LALC CEO to facilitate negotiations between the Wagonga LALC and Water View Developments, and as an inducement for her to continue using her position as CEO to assist Mr Gattellari and Water View Developments in the future.

The Commission has found that Ron Medich engaged in corrupt conduct by facilitating the provision of financial benefits to the Wagonga LALC decision-makers to assist the negotiations relating to the joint venture agreement and the proposed long-term leases.