Corruption inquiry into University of New England contracts

The corruption watchdog will hold an inquiry into allegations of corrupt conduct at the University of New England (UNE).

Colin McCallum, campus services manager at UNE in northern New South Wales, is alleged to have corruptly solicited university contracts over a seven-year period.

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) will investigate his alleged approval of false invoices submitted between December 2004 and April 2011.

The invoices were from a number of companies, including commercial cleaning contractor Quad Services, Sydney Night Patrol and Inquiry and Prosys Services.

ICAC will also investigate whether, between July and December 2010, Mr McCallum gave false and misleading information to his colleagues after corruptly arranging payment for the hire of UNE sports facilities for use by New England Rugby Union.

Public hearings will be heard before ICAC Assistant Commissioner Theresa Hamilton from January 23.

In a statement, the UNE later said it had referred the matter to ICAC for investigation.

UNE will continue to fully co-operate with ICAC throughout their investigation and the forthcoming public inquiry” it said.

Source:  AAP, 16/1/12

 

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