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Second CBA IT exec charged in corruption scandal

Byron Connolly | March 30, 2015
A second IT executive, a former employee of the Commonwealth Bank, has been charged by NSW Police for allegedly receiving corrupt payments.

A second IT executive, a former employee of the Commonwealth Bank, has been charged by NSW Police for allegedly receiving corrupt payments.

NSW Police said that a 44-year-old man — a New Zealand citizen — presented at North Sydney Police station on Thursday morning. He has been charged with seven counts of corruptly receiving almost $1.9 million and will appear in Downing Centre Local Court on May 1.

This follows the arrest of former senior CBA executive, Keith Hunter, last week over two counts of alleged bribery, following an investigation by the NSW Police Fraud Squad and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Earlier this year, police were contacted by CBA after internal investigators uncovered some suspicious payments that had been deposited into the bank accounts of two of the bank's senior staff. Detectives from the Fraud & Cybercrime's Squad's Corporate Corruption Unit formed Strike Force Drawl to investigate the case.

Hunter is on conditional bail and is due to appear in court on April 1.

In court, police will allege that both men were involved in a corrupt relationship with publicly-listed overseas technology provider. CSC-owned technology firm, ServiceMesh, was last week named as that supplier.

They will allege the men granted the US-heaquartered firm a lucrative contract without putting it to tender — and the manager received payment.

 

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