Customers of the legal services board went to US law enforcement as advised, they advised the Victorian Ombudsman, by the whistleblowing tipsters inside the ethics board. Crime syndicates. Terrorists, CBA I.T Executives and even the Clinton's I.T expert ended up on the wrong end of global law enforcement. Will the IRS rule that donations to the Clinton charity for purposes outside the USA, like opposing assisting Get'Up and closing the Adani Mine in Queensland, violate US tax law? Watch this space.
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CBA executives sought as witnesses in IT bribery case
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Commonwealth Bank’s current and former chief information officers are being sought as witnesses in the bribery case brought against two former IT executives charged with taking kickbacks in return for delivering a multi-million-dollar contract from the CBA.
The Australian understands witness subpoenas have been drawn up by lawyers defending former CBA technology executives, asking that current CIO David Whiteing and former IT boss Michael Harte appear for the defence case.
A series of other CBA technology and procurement staff have also been asked to appear as witnesses.
Keith Hunter, 62, CBA’s former manager of IT engineering, and former IT executive colleague Jon Waldron, 44, have been charged with several counts of bribery after NSW Police alleged the two took a combined total of $2.9m from US technology entrepreneur Eric Pulier in return for millions of dollars in CBA work.
NSW police, who were aided by the FBI in the investigation, allege the pair received money from Mr Pulier around October 2014 through an US-based charity called the Ace Foundation, in return for delivering his cloud computing company ServiceMesh a multi-million-dollar contracts with CBA.
Both men have pleaded not guilty, with a directions hearing in a Sydney court today to decide whether the case proceeds to a committal hearing.
It understood the defence teams for the men would like Mr Harte and Mr Whiteing to appear as witnesses to speak to, among other things, the circumstances surrounding the ServiceMesh contract and the utility of the technology.
However the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions is understood to object to Mr Whiteing, Mr Harte and others being called, arguing it would be inconsistent with the pleadings.
CBA tipped off police after the suspicious funds appeared in the men’s CBA account in late 2014, with Mr Hunter and Mr Waldron resigning soon after.
Mr Harte — who is not accused of any wrongdoing — was the manager in charge of the two men and oversaw the billion-dollar restructure of the bank’s IT services before departing in July 2014 to take up a role with Barclays Bank in London.
He is now the chief operations and technology officer at Barclays and sits on the bank’s executive committee.
Mr Whiteing replaced Mr Harte as CBA’s CIO and was previously vice-president of enterprise systems at BP.
ServiceMesh was bought by US computing giant CSC for $US260m in October 2013 and maintained Mr Pulier’s role as head of the cloud computing company, but has since dismissed him and is suing him for the purchase price of ServiceMesh.
During his time at CBA Mr Harte was a big supporter of the cloud technology provided by ServiceMesh.
CBA said neither Mr Harte or the CBA were ever investors in ServiceMesh.
“Mr Harte has informed CBA that he has never had any financial interest in ServiceMesh or any related party,” CBA said in statement.
“Commonwealth Bank’s investigations to date indicate CBA does not hold, and has not previously held, an interest in ServiceMesh, and Mr Pulier was not offered shares in CBA as part of an agreement with CBA to provide services.”
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Court Docs Signal Plea Deal for Ex-Willkie Partner Keila Ravelo
According to court records Monday, a plea agreement hearing is set for Nov. 20 in Newark.
By Christine Simmons | October 31, 2017
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With her criminal trial originally scheduled to start in just two weeks, former Willkie Farr & Gallagher partner Keila Ravelo appears to have agreed to a plea deal with federal prosecutors, who have accused her of multiple felony charges in an alleged scheme to defraud her former law firms.
According to court records Monday, a plea agreement hearing is set for Nov. 20 in Newark before Judge Kevin McNulty of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. The latest docket includes no mention of a trial that had previously been scheduled to begin Nov. 13, said William Skaggs, a spokesman for U.S. Attorneys’ Office in New Jersey.
Ravelo’s attorney, Steven Sadow, special counsel at Schulten Ward Turner & Weiss, said he is “not in a position to comment at this time” on whether his client has agreed to plead guilty to any charges. Skaggs also declined to comment.
Throughout her case, Ravelo, who was first arrested alongside her now-estranged husband, Melvin Feliz, in December 2014, has denied wrongdoing and has blamed Feliz. Her attorney, Sadow, has said Feliz he took advantage of her.
New Jersey federal prosecutors alleged the two used bogus litigation vendor companies to obtain more than $7.8 million from Willkie and Hunton & Williams, where she previously practiced.
Prosecutors said the couple funneled the majority of the funds into a joint bank account, using the money for personal expenses and investments. Ravelo is further accused of failing to report the earnings on her tax returns.
Ravelo has been charged with nine felony counts, including one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, four counts of wire fraud and four counts of tax evasion. The maximum potential sentence for the conspiracy charge and each count of wire fraud is 20 years in prison, while the tax evasion charges each carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
In August 2015, Feliz admitted to his role in the scheme, pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of tax evasion. He is awaiting sentencing on the charges and a separate drug charge.
Before she was arrested, Ravelo was representing MasterCard as a defendant in long-running antitrust litigation in the Eastern District of New York. After her arrest in late 2014, Willkie conducted an internal review and uncovered behind-the-scenes communications between Ravelo and plaintiffs attorney Gary B. Friedman that ultimately led a federal judge to reject a settlement in similar antitrust litigation against American Express. The judge said Friedman improperly sent Ravelo confidential information and attorney work product.
In Ravelo’s criminal case, her attorney in the past year has been seeking documents from law firms in the credit card litigation and documents from Friedman, a potential witness at her trial.
Friedman was initially called a “possible co-conspirator” by investigators, according to court documents, but Friedman has said that he “was used” and not a suspect. He said he sent documents to Ravelo that she or somebody working for her “doctored” to make it appear as if they were produced by a vendor.
In an interview Tuesday, Friedman said he was last in touch with the prosecution in Ravelo’s case in early September and had no personal knowledge of a plea deal. He said the last conversation he had with Ravelo was about two and a half years ago, when he told her to “plead today” and “these deals don’t get better over time.”
“It’s a long dance for a lot of people,” he said. “At some point, you come to accept the reality of the situation and try to get the best deal available.”
Meanwhile, Friedman, whose legal career was upended after his communications with Ravelo came to light, is working on what he has called a “deeply personal memoir” related to the drama that will be out in 2018.
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