PT tender fraud

Fraud charges laid regarding contracts awarded by Victoria’s public transport department

A corruption scandal has hit the bus industry, with nine people charged with fraud-related offences.

The charges come after a lengthy Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) investigation dubbed ‘Operation Fitzroy’, during which individuals and their phone conversations were monitored for a period of more than five years.

IBAC announced that a total of nine individuals had been charged on Friday, June 12.

Prior to this, only two individuals had been accused of offences relating to a $2.3 million contract awarded for bus shelter installations, among other tenders won by companies the accused were allegedly connected with.

More than 100 charges including conspiracy to cheat and defraud, obtaining financial advantage by deception, misconduct in public office, giving and receiving secret commissions and furnishing false information, are among the alleged offences.

One of the individuals involved used to work for Public Transport Victoria (PTV) and a former Department of Transport employee is accused of alleged serious corruption in the public transport sector, an unnamed company has also been charged.

The nine accused have been summoned to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on July 6.

The IBAC was established in by the Federal Government in 2011 to investigate corruption in the public sector.

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