Findings of corrupt conduct

The ICAC found that Phillip Cresnar engaged in corrupt conduct by:

  • accepting benefits to the value of at least $97,756 from Mr Bastow
  • accepting $2,500 from Mr Madden and Mr McGann

as an inducement or reward for Mr Cresnar exercising his public official functions as an Ausgrid employee to show favour, or not to show disfavour, to their businesses in relation to their work for Ausgrid

  • accepting benefits from Mr Twomey to the value of $50,506, the use of a Bunnings trade card and the use of a Murray Civil company car
  • accepting four cheques from Mr Burke which Mr Cresnar used to purchase goods for his personal use to the value of $99,327
  • accepting two international airline tickets worth a total of $2,652.41 from Mr Miskelly
  • knowing that these benefits were intended to influence Mr Cresnar to exercise his public official functions to show favour, or not to show disfavour, to their businesses in relation to their work for Ausgrid.

Jason Bastow, John Madden and Fergal McGann engaged in corrupt conduct by providing the above benefits to Mr Cresnar in the case of Mr Bastow and Mr McGann, and in the case of Mr Madden by being a party to an agreement whereby Mr McGann gave the $2,500 to Mr Cresnar, as an inducement or reward for Mr Cresnar exercising his public official functions as an Ausgrid employee to show favour, or not to show disfavour, to their businesses in relation to their work for Ausgrid.

Dennis Twomey, Eamon Burke and Patrick Miskelly engaged in corrupt conduct by providing the above benefits to Mr Cresnar knowing that these benefits were intended to influence Mr Cresnar to exercise his public official functions to show favour, or not to show disfavour, to their businesses in relation to their work for Ausgrid.