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Bribery of a Public Official

         
Case Offence and Max Penalties Plea Original Sentence Appeal Record Facts

George (48)

 

 

Harris (74)

 

 

Hilton (43)

(1987) 29 A Crim R 380

Conspiracy to bribe a public officer
(common law - no max penalty)

VG

5y
NPP 3y 6m

9y
NPP 4y 6m


9y
NPP 6y

AD


AD



AA
9y
NPP 4y 6m

record of little significance

nil

nil

Scheme to bribe NSW Corrective Services Minister (Rex Jackson) in relation to release to licence program.
Harris more seriously involved than other offenders. George dealt directly with prisoners and joined scheme at later stage.
Hilton a solicitor.

Jackson



Hakim

(1988) 33 A Crim R 413

Conspiracy to bribe a public officer
(common law - no maximum penalty)

VG

7y 6m
NPP 3y 9m


6y 6m
NPP 3y 3m

Crown AA
10y
NPP 5y

Crown AD

Scheme to bribe NSW Corrective Services Minister (Rex Jackson) in relation to release to licence program.

Pangallo              


(1991) 56 A Crim R 441

Bribe public officer
(common law - no maximum penalty)

PG

36m PD

Crown AA
FT 6m

Solicitor attempted to bribe police prosecutor to have local court matter struck out in relation to client. Paid over $500.

Allen (No.2)


NSW CCA 7.7.1992

5 x Bribe public official
(common law - no maximum penalty)

VG

MT 18m
AT 6m

AD

Assistant Commissioner of police force gave junior officer $500 payments on five occasions - No favours requested

Taouk

(45)


(1993) 65 A Crim R 387

Attempt pervert the course of justice
(common law - no maximum penalty)

VG

MT 4y
AT 1y 4m

AD

Attempt to bribe judge to give relative lesser sentence. Acted on belief he was responsible for care of relatives as head of family.

Webster

Jones

NSW CCA
3.8.1992

Conspiracy to bribe public officer
(common law - no maximum penalty)

VG

MT 3y
AT 1y

AD

nil

W, a police officer, to receive corrupt payments - no evidence of amount or purpose.
Both middle aged.
W suffering bad health.
Conviction for bribery of police officer against W quashed.

Nomchon

(51)


NSW CCA
10.4.1997

Intent to pervert the course of justice
(Crimes Act s.319 - 14y)

VG

36mths PD

Crown AA
MT 1y 3m
AT 1y 9m

nil

Senior sergeant attempted to influence constable under his supervision in relation to traffic accident. Persistent attempt over several days. Would receive no personal benefit.
Prior good character, asthma, loss of police entitlements.

Bertoncello

(37)


NSW CCA
5.11.1997

Corruptly receiving benefit
(Crimes Act s249(1)(a) - 7y)

Form 1:
Soliciting a benefit

PG

MT 18m
AT 6m

AD

nil

Health and Building Inspector solicited $40,000 from construction company to - fix up problems. Received two cheques for $10,000. Told construction company he was working as 'go-between' for managers.
Powerful subjective case.

Duong              


(1999) 109 A Crim R 60

Attempt bribe police officer
(Police Act s.200(2)(a) - 7y)

PG

MT 2y
AT 12m
(concurrent to existing term)

Crown AA
MT 3y
AT 2y
(cumulative)

Found with 2.6kg heroin in car by police - Offered officers $100,000 for release.

Papadopoulos

(27)


NSW CCA [477]
22.11.2000

Bribe police officer
(Police Act s.200(2)(a) - 7y)

Sched:
Same offence

PG

2y
NPP 9m

AD

nil

Manager of nightclub appealing against restriction placed on nightclub. Handed police officer $1,000 and $500 to turn blind eye to breach of restrictions until appeal successfully completed.
Strong subjective case.

Tae              

(32)


NSW CCA [29]
11.2.2005

Bribery of Cth public official (s.141.1 Criminal Code - 10y)

Sched:
Accept fee when unregistered as migration agent

PG (46% plea and assist) 

2y 3m
Released to recog after 1y 4m

AD - except to indicate sentence would have been 2y 5m except for promise of future assistance

Nil

Korean man paid bribes to Commonwealth official to obtain or extend visa - 22 occasions over 2 months motivated by greed
Valuable assistance

Potter              


NSW CCA [26]
18.2.2005

5 x Corruptly receiving benefit
(Crimes Act s249(1)(a) - 7y)

Sched:
3 x s.249B(1)(a)

PG (25% plea – 50% assist)

3y 3m
NPP 1y 9m

AD

Chief Steward for Greyhound Racing Control Board - subverted procedures for testing of dogs for performance enhancing drugs - received considerable monetary rewards - offences committed over 7 years
Delay - very good prospects of rehabilitation

O'Mally              


NSW CCA [166]
28.4.2005

Solicit bribe (Police Act 1990 s.200(1))

Sched
s.200(1)

PG (30%)

2y
NPP 16m

AD

Nil

Police officer attempted to obtain free quad bike from 17y driver in exchange for reduced traffic infringement - controlled delivery - on separate occasion obtained earthmoving work worth over $1,000
Prior good character

Retsos              


NSW CCA [85]
28.3.2006

Aid and abet corrupt solicitation of pecuniary benefit
- s.248B(1) Crimes Act [7y]
3 x Give false evidence

Sched:
34 x Give false evidence

PG

Bribery
2y PD
$50,000 fine
Give False Evidence
12m PD
$30,000 fine

Total
3y PD
$80,000

AA
3y PD

Sought payment of $250,000 from complainant to have development application passed by Local Council - Acted on behalf of councillor - Gave false evidence about matter to ICAC on three occasions
Bankrupt - dependent children - no ability to pay fine

Cooper

(47)


NSWSC [609]
James J
23.6.2006

6 x Bribery offences - s.249B(2)(b) Crimes Act [7y]
7 x Make false statement - s.178BB Crimes Act [5y]

VG

False Statement:
FT 4y 6m
Bribery:
5y
NPP 2y

Total:
8y
NPP 5y

Nil

Involvement in HIH collapse - Bribed HIH chief investment officer (Howard - (2003) NSWSC [1248]) to settle disputes between HIH and offender's company on favourable terms - total payment of $119,00 - $124,000 - created and provided HIH with false documents and statements in relation to outstanding claims by offender's company on HIH - bribery and documents resulted in unjustified payment of millions of dollars to appellant's company - substantial damage to HIH
Bankrupt - $2.5m paid to liquidator - prior good character - good prospects of rehabilitation

McCormick              


NSW CCA [78]
28.3.2007

2 x Corruptly Agree to Receive Benefit - s 249B(1) Crimes Act
7 x Giving False Evidence -
s 87 of the Independent Commission Against Corruption Act [5y].

VG

5y
NPP 3y

AD

Councillor accepted bribes to promote developments - Lied to ICAC
Obsessive compulsive disorder - Hardship to elderly mother