Kylie Vernon, a senior public servant, informed a Sydney court that she was paid a total of $30,000 in cash at the at the Observer Hotel, Paradiso Café in The Rocks, and at her office.
Ms. Vernon is for hiring cleaning and pest control in Sydney for the Circular Quay, Darling Harbour and The Rocks. She made a daring confession when she stood up on Tuesday at the NSW Supreme Court, as revealed by Fairfax Media.
One of the contracts that concerned them the most was a $5-million per year cleaning contract granted to Arcadia Pacific Group to operate at the Darling Harbour. They also admitted that Ms. Vernon had allowed payments from many gardening companies but only two were able to work.
Ms. Vernon claimed receiving $30,000 in corrupt payments from Amazon Pest Control owner Ted Lakis. She added that Arcadia Pacific Group operated by Mr. Lakis’s father-in-law Steve Tassis, gave her $200,000 for quite some time.
Both companies had been requested to show up on why their eligibility to government approved suppliers should not be revoked.
Last Thursday, Acting Justice Peter Young announced his judgment on the civil dispute between Michael Lardis and Mr. Lakis. Each of them are incriminated for financial misconduct in their pest control in Sydney company, Amazon Pest Control.
Last 2015, Ms. Vernon made a sworn statement on behalf of Mr. Lardis. The proof, which was received by the judge, was that on one occasion when Mr. Lardis went to the toilet, his business partner Mr. Lakis gave her an envelope containing $10,000. There was no evidence on the other dates when the total amount of $30,000 was given.
However, in her written proof, Ms. Vernon said the contracts were already awarded before possible corrupt payments were made.
Though there were sworn statements claiming her corruption nearly a year ago, it seems like Ms. Vernon informed no one at the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority.
An investigation to the bribery allegations and relevant SHFA contracts is ongoing and Ms. Vernon has been penalized while a review is under its way. The alleged hiring of pest control in Sydney has been questioned.
However, Ms. Vernon,as of this time, was hard to reach.