Recommendations for prosecutions

The Commission must seek the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on whether any prosecution should be commenced. The DPP determines whether any criminal charges can be laid, and conducts all prosecutions. The Commission provides information on this website in relation to the status of prosecution recommendations and outcomes as advised by the DPP. The progress of matters is generally within the hands of the DPP. Accordingly, the Commission does not directly notify persons affected of advice received from the DPP or the progress of their matters generally.

The ICAC is of the opinion that the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions should be obtained with respect to the prosecution of Linda Stewart and Veronica Skinner for offences of fraud pursuant to section 192E of the Crimes Act 1900 or, in the alternative, for offences of larceny by a servant pursuant to section 156 of the Crimes Act.

Updates

A brief of evidence was provided to the DPP on 21 April 2017.

On 7 December 2017, the DPP advised that there was sufficient evidence to charge Linda Stewart with:

  • 21 counts of dishonestly obtaining a financial advantage, pursuant to section 192E of the Crimes Act 1900
  • 12 counts of forgery under section 253 of the Crimes Act
  • 11 counts of making a false statement under section 192G of the Crimes Act.

On 20 February 2018, Ms Stewart was served with court attendance notices for these offences. The charges were mentioned at the Downing Centre Local Court on 22 March 2018. Ms Stewart was granted bail and orders were made for service of the brief by 3 May 2018. On 2 May 2018, Ms Stewart died. Prosecution proceedings against Ms Stewart were formally discontinued on 6 September 2018.

On 7 December 2017, the DPP advised that there was sufficient evidence to charge Veronica Skinner with:

  • 2 counts of dishonestly obtaining a financial advantage pursuant to section 192E of the Crimes Act
  • 2 counts of forgery under section 253 of the Crimes Act.

On 30 July 2018, Ms Skinner was served with court attendance notices for these offences. The charges were mentioned at the Downing Centre Local Court on 13 September 2018. Ms Skinner was granted conditional bail and orders were made for service of the brief by 25 October 2018. The matter is next listed for reply on 8 November 2018.