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  • Charles Ponzi created a new topic ' CBA Classaction - Cohen knew' in the forum.
    Oct 9 2017 at 11:12 AM Updated 46 mins ago

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    Maurice Blackburn launches CBA class action over AUSTRAC failings

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    Commonwealth Bank is alleged to have delayed or failed to report more than 53,000 suspicious transactions.
    Commonwealth Bank is alleged to have delayed or failed to report more than 53,000 suspicious transactions. Wayne Taylor

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    by James Frost

    Maurice Blackburn has launched a class action against Commonwealth Bank for the AUSTRAC debacle following the announcement from litigation funders IMF Bentham that its funding is now unconditional.

    Lawyers acting in behalf of shareholders will allege the bank engaged in "misleading or deceptive conduct" in addition to "breaching continuous disclosure obligations in relation to its non compliance with the AML/CTF Act".

    The statement of claim specifically names departing chief executive Ian Narev, chairman Catherine Livingstone, former chief risk officer Alden Toevs, current chief risk officer David Cohen and departing board members Launa Inman and David Higgins as among the bank personnel who had knowledge of the matter.

    Commonwealth Bank declined the opportunity to comment at the time of publication, saying it was yet to be served despite the statement of claim being filed in the Victorian Registry of the Federal Court of Australia on Monday morning.

    In a development that has the potential to see this case become even bigger lawyers from Maurice Blackburn have extended the claim period back to July 1, 2015.
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    It follows a statement from chairman Catherine Livingstone in August that the board was made aware of "alleged issues relating to Threshold Transaction Reporting in the Intelligent Deposit Machines" in the second half of 2015.

    IMF Bentham and Maurice Blackburn had previous said they expected the class action to be Australia's largest which implied recoveries in excess of $200 million.

    IMF Bentham announced to the ASX on Monday morning that proceedings had been issued in the matter. Legal proceedings have been filed in the Federal Court on an 'open class' basis which means any buyer of shares during the period will be entitled to recover losses.

    IMF Bentham says that following the bombshell announcement from financial intelligence regulator AUSTRAC that Commonwealth Bank failed or delayed the reporting of 53,000 transactions that the value of Commonwealth Bank shares fell 5.4 per cent over the next three trading sessions.

    Maurice Blackburn's Andrew Watson said that the price drop was in the top 1 percent of price movements experienced by CBA shareholders in the previous five years.
    Backdating the Class Period to July 1st 2015, Maurice Black say Cohen Narev and colleagues HAD KNOWLEGE, but kept things under rapps for 2 and bit years.
    "Our investigations and analysis show that this drop was in the top one percent of price movements that CBA experienced in the past five years, so clearly the news was of material significance to shareholders," Mr Watson said

    Investors who bought shares in Commonwealth Bank between July 1, 2015 and August 3, 2017 are able to register their details at www.imf.com.au/CBA

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  • Charles Ponzi created a new topic ' US Feds and CBA Terror Finance Probes' in the forum.
    "They were terrified" says Dennis Sgargetta & Associates to the SEC, Victorian Ombudsman and Cameron Sinclair at APH.gov.au.

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    Eleven already jailed over CBA money laundering syndicates
    Michael Evans, Clancy Yeates

    Published: August 5 2017 - 12:15AM

    Two men recently jailed over a $2 million money laundering plot using a "cuckoo smurfing" scam are among 11 people already jailed as part of criminal syndicates caught exploiting Commonwealth Bank accounts to wash money.

    Arlsan Shaffi and Salman Khan were arrested in May 2015 after laundering money using more than 100 CBA accounts in a complicated money-shifting scam.

    The pair was jailed for a scheme involving the transfer of money between associates in separate countries in a manner that avoids the need for these parties to transfer money across borders and raise suspicions.

    The pair laundered $1.78 million in cash deposits through 101 CBA bank accounts in 255 separate transactions. Authorities are now investigating the pair over at least another $3 million for offences under money laundering and counter-terrorism financing laws.

    The revelations come as pressure builds on the bank to respond to allegations ahead of next week's full-year results, which are expected to show another record profit of nearly $10 billion. Austrac has accused the bank of breaching anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism financing laws in a statement of claim in court.

    The nearly 600 pages of allegations lodged in the Federal Court detail examples of organised crime figures laundering money through CBA's high-tech ATMs while the bank either failed to detect the transactions or failed to tell authorities.

    Austrac alleges CBA failed to detect, review and report years of suspicious transactions worth millions of dollars involved in money laundering by drug syndicates.

    At dozens of ATMs across Sydney and Melbourne, from Bondi Junction through Haymarket to Burwood, and in Melbourne from Chadstone to Springvale, Austrac alleges foreign nationals were part of four criminal syndicates that exploited a loophole in the bank's technology that didn't cap the number of cash deposits to its new ATMs.

    Criminal syndicates would then transfer money offshore.

    Members of four syndicates have already been jailed, including Yuen Hong Fung (6 years) and Yeuk Tung Kong (7.5 years). Shaffi was sentenced to five years' jail and Khan three years.

    Austrac alleges that in one case, after the Australian Federal Police (AFP) informed CBA of laundering allegations, the bank did not act to manage the money-laundering risk.

    Among other allegations, Austrac details:

    CBA never assessed the money laundering and terrorism-financing risks it faced from its new ATMs prior to their launch in May 2012 and at no time prior to July 2015 did it take any steps to assess their risk;
    Nearly $9 billion in cash was deposited through CBA's new ATMs before it conducted any assessment of the money laundering and terrorism-financing risks associated with the machines.

    While banks are required to tell authorities within three days about suspicious transactions, transactions above a certain limit and concerns about fake identities, CBA sometimes took months to report concerns and in other cases never reported concerns, it's alleged.

    In one instance, the AFP told CBA it suspected a customer believed to have laundered money had used fake identities.

    The group head of anti-money laundering at the bank emailed to say: "Given the nature of the matter, I would have thought SMRs [suspicious matter report] are appropriate on all the clients?"

    Yet according to the statement of claim, CBA "at no time" lodged an SMR with Austrac.

    In another example, there is a two-week gap between when concerns about "blatant intense structuring activity" were raised within the bank on June 13, 2015, and when the customer's account was closed.

    "It was not until 1 July 2015 that CommBank put a stop on this account at the request of the AFP," court documents say.

    In court documents, CBA blamed "systems error" for failing to comply with transaction monitoring.

    The bank's chief executive, Ian Narev, who will present the bank's results next week, wrote to staff on Friday, saying the bank would lodge a defence to the claims.

    It came as CBA's share price tumbled 3.9 per cent, as analysts predicted a royal commission into the financial sector was now more likely.

    This story was found at: www.theage.com.au/business/banking-and-f...20170804-gxps8l.html

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  • Anti-pedophile activists knew he was going to be instructed to try to discredit a witness. The US SEC & FBI & Parliament & Victorian Ombudsman had Whistleblower Reports before Dr Doherty carried out his role in what became the $5.7 billion antitrust trainwreck. Transnational narcotics smugglers, defrauders of Mastercard and its lawyers, and criminal sham litigation services that funnell Australian Reserve Bank evidence in US Cases on US credit card businesses all adds up to one of the top "Cases to Watch" in 2017. Jeannie Pakula's and Howard Bowles' customers with the Auckland Savings Bank see CBA I.T Department scandal on US defense contractor CSC by the Clintons' and Al Gores' expert Pulier while elections were 'spied on' in Queensland that had the support of John Podesta and George Soros and the Clinton Global Initiative) aren't surprised that the Whistleblowers in the VLSB sad to report organised crime "sham litigation service companies" to US agencies. And aren't pedophile cartel rings of thievs of US corporate secrets under the executive order for extradition to the USA?
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  • Charles Ponzi created a new topic ' CBA & Gadens "spy" on Politicians' in the forum.
    MPs caught up in bank spying
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    An undercover surveillance operation ordered by Commonwealth Bank has embroiled the institution in a spying scandal, with senior politicians monitored and photographed by private detectives investigating one of its critics.

    The bank hired security firm G4S to conduct Operation Lantern, around-the-clock surveillance on consumer advocate and anti-banking lobbyist Michael Fraser between August 28 and September 1.

    G4S, which conducted the controversial security operation for the London Olympics, claims it is ''a world leader in providing compliance and investigation-related services''.

    Internationally, surveillance operations by governments and private firms are attracting increasing criticism and allegations of infringing privacy.

    In a memo obtained by Fairfax Media, the Commonwealth requested photographs of people Mr Fraser met to ''allow for the identification of individuals'', and said it was attempting to confirm if he was receiving information from bank insiders.

    At the time Mr Fraser was travelling from Brisbane to Sydney to attend a fund-raising dinner for Coalition senator John Williams, who is part of a Senate inquiry involving CBA with Labor senator Doug Cameron.

    Other guests at the private fund-raiser included former NSW opposition leader Kerry Chikarovski, entertainer Kamahl and liquidator John Sheahan.

    It was organised by lawyer Stewart Levitt, who is behind a class action against the bank. Also attending was Geoff Shannon, an aggrieved CBA customer who established the Unhappy Banking advocacy group and outspoken barrister Geoff Slater, who is acting for Mr Shannon.
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    Senator Williams said when he found out about the spying, his initial thought was "What the hell is going on here? Why am I being monitored by some mob employed by the Commonwealth Bank."

    Senator Williams said he contacted CBA earlier in the week and organised a teleconference with two senior bank executives for an explanation. "They confirmed the photos had been taken by the security company and gave assurances to me that they had ordered the photos to be destroyed. They apologised profusely," he said. "I accept their apology."

    CBA confirms it carried out surveillance and said it was of ''a person who has conducted a systematic campaign of harassment, intimidation and threats to one of our employees over many months'' with numerous emails, text messages and phone calls to business and private numbers to a bank executive.

    A spokesperson said the bank's concerns were such that it provided personal security to the employee and had contacted the police. An apprehended violence order has not been filed. ''In only the most worrying circumstances do we consider employing surveillance and these cases are very rare,'' the bank said.

    The surveillance was organised on August 23, and on August 28 the target of the surveillance, Michael Fraser, tweeted and posted on his Facebook page that he was attending Senator Williams' dinner that night.

    The bank denied it had known about the fund-raiser for Senator Williams. ''The only reason our surveillance came across the fund-raiser for Senator Williams was because the harasser attended it,'' it said.

    The email from the bank instructed G4S to give updates throughout the four-day surveillance. It said: ''There is some suspicion Fraser is being fed information from another employee of the bank'' but ''we have not been able to confirm this''. It said he was ''harassing'' a bank executive and ''seems intent on destroying our employee's professional reputation and compromising his ability to work for the bank''.

    CBA says hundreds of emails, text messages and phone calls were sent to the bank executive but Mr Fraser says over the past 10 months it was 68 calls, 30 emails and 23 text messages.

    One of the guests, Mr Shannon from Unhappy Banking, who is co-ordinating a class action known as RG10, said when he found out he had been spied on he wrote to CBA's lawyers, Gadens, on October 17 questioning the bank's motives.

    He said Gadens wrote back: ''I am instructed that the bank has not sought to obtain, nor has it obtained, nor engaged anyone else to obtain, any photographs or information in relation to your client as alleged in your letter.''

    Mr Shannon said over the past two years his offices had been burgled twice and files taken. He did not know who had taken the files but he had filed two police reports.

    Mr Fraser refers to himself as ''the Arbitrator''. He said in the past year he had represented dozens of aggrieved CBA clients. He told Fairfax Media his dealings with CBA began after a number of bank customers contacted him with allegations of low-doc loan fraud. He said he received standard responses to email correspondence with a bank executive, then silence.

    He said over the past 10 months he had communicated extensively with the executive. He said his approach to those that would not do the right thing would always be ''peaceful, yet repetitive and psychological in an attempt to start a friendly dialogue or force them to reveal their lack of professionalism and lack of care for their affected customers''.

    The text from Mr Fraser to the executive that triggered the bank's decision to email G4S on August 23 was ''I am coming to Sydney for 4 days from 28 Aug until 1 Sep. More of your close team wish to meet with me privately in relation to their concerns about you. These ones wish to remain anonymous.

    ''Two major papers are very interested in the story and taking notes. I just want you to know that I don't dislike you, I just want to see the right thing done in relation to a handful of large matters you are involved in. Would you be open to meeting off the record privately when I am in town. You are welcome to pick the venue and search me for recording devices. I will honour my word. Michael :)"

    www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc...rgiRzwUpSnT7r2EwXqI1

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  • Charles Ponzi created a new topic ' Jon Waldron & Eric Pulier Charged by FBI SEC' in the forum.
    Pakula's file Com 2015 038 and 041, and Com 2016 0377 and 0378 and ENQ 2014 5607 are before the SEC IRS FBI USAO charged Jon Waldron and Eic Pulier. Is the Victorian Legal Services Board liable to Whistleblowers, Bank Shareholders, Crime Syndicates and Terrorists for blowing the whistle on the Exraordinary Cover Up in the IT Department of the CBA & Auckland Savings Bank by Fiona Bennett's Legal Services Board? What are your thoughts?

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  • Charles Ponzi created a new topic ' Strapping young lads deserve answers' in the forum.
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    Can the Victorian Legal Services Board explain bribery claims that arrested Jon Waldron of the CBA Bank and had another retire US Police called Waldron get a Hush Deed, had Sgargetta threatened with jail as a $1m carrot was put to him, and had other customers of the VLSB say they were lent on? Why was the VLSB determined to find persons who reported the goons, the collusion and Gary Friedman's and Amex' misrepresentation of Reserve Bank material to the US Feds BEFORE the undercover operations proved "it all came true, we were dumbfounded", says Submissions to Parliament. “After losing my cases over and over, LSBC Insiders whispered to go to VCAT, the FBI and the US SEC. That was how deeply troubled the Legal Services Board and Commission people were. Who would think to call the FBI!? I thought they were insane. I did anyway. I am registered with a group at the SEC and the SEC might pay a reward if the Banks are fined. They spoke to other people about my case even though the LSBC is liable for damages if they blow the whistle or talk to the wrong people. (I estimate that I am entitled to over $3mill.)” “Soon afterwards, Channel 7 News said a tip off last year caused audits and arrests of bank executives. (I think the tip off was from the LSBC whistleblowers to the SEC Witnesses). The FBI wanted the Hush Deed. Inquiries were made by - Auditors from Ace Foundation - Auditors from Computer Science Corporation - An MP about an accountant in Brighton, - Bank Reform people in NSW - 60 Minutes’ producer for the ANZ Story that was aired in August this year - Fairfax and ABC - The FBI “IC” Division. - The SEC Office of the Director of Corporate Compliance - The SEC’s Senior Counsel - IBAC anti-corruption commission - Victorian Ombudsman - Parliamentarians who want the names of Legal Services Board officials - about the American Express Case. They lost billions because of the Reserve Bank of Australia “The LSBC told me to go away despite damning evidence and despite the FBI arresting people. You would think the LSBC might see a few ethics issues if banks executives are arrested over the same Hush Deed they said was legal and ethical. Elliot Sgargetta" And Jenny Pakula thinks it's unclear? Judge Garaufis confirmed the RBA material backed up his opinion in US & 17 States v Amex. Keila Ravelo confessed to collusion with Freidman. Freidman confessed to colluding with Ravelo. Judge Garaufis found the ethics so bad that he tore up a Settlement. Judges Winter Jacobs and Leval found the lawyers sold out their clients for the $544m in legal fees. Is it the VLSB's fault, and is the State of Victoria able to explain why cardinel Pell's pal McGarvie wanted to know what was known by an association that is opposed to the abuse of the disabled in institutional care homes, like the one Dr Peter Doherty was on the Board of until 2013. Strapping young lads with an IQ below 70 deserve answers.

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  • Charles Ponzi created a new topic ' Compo for Elder Abuse Victims: Law Reform Commn' in the forum.
    www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/law-re...20161212-gt8zib.html

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    Law Reform Commission's elder abuse inquiry proposes compensation payments
    Emily Baker

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    The appointed decision-makers of the elderly who abuse their powers could be forced to pay compensation by state and territory tribunals under a proposal by the Australian Law Reform Commission.

    The body released its discussion paper on elder abuse on Monday. The wide-ranging document explored how best to protect older Australians from emotional, financial and physical abuse, calling for a national plan and prevalence study to address the issue.

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    The Australian Law Reform Commission has released its discussion paper on elder abuse.
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    One suggestion was for a national online registration scheme of enduring documents - powers of attorney and enduring guardianship - to make clearer the appointment and role of that person.

    Another was to allow state and territory tribunals to order enduring guardians and attorneys to pay compensation where a breach of their obligations has resulted in a loss to the person they represent.
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    This would allow for the repayment of older people who were unwilling to involve law enforcement, the ALRC argued, while also working as a deterrent for the misuse of funds.

    In its submission to the ALRC inquiry, Legal Aid ACT pushed for an expansion of the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal's powers to allow the body to award compensation and impose penalties and sanctions.

    Legal Aid ACT used confronting case studies to support its case for change. One story involved Alex, the attorney of her mother Beverley.
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    Beverley's advanced health directive dictated she was not to be resuscitated. When Beverley became dehydrated, suffered heat stroke and fainted on a hot summer's day, Alex refused to seek medical assistance. Beverley's son Mark sought urgent legal advice and felt comfortable calling an ambulance.

    In another case, Mona, an elderly woman who could not read or speak English, was kicked out of her son Hugh's home after a fight with her daughter-in-law. Hugh refused to provide his mother with her medication, important documents or bank account details and was later found to be withdrawing money from her bank account for his own use.

    Mona would not pursue legal proceedings against her son due to the shame and stigma she felt at the relationship breakdown.

    The Human Rights Commission urged people with views on the issue and discussion paper to make a submission by February 27.

    Age Discrimination Commissioner Dr Kay Patterson, a member of the inquiry's advisory committee, said elder abuse was a largely hidden phenomenon.

    "The present inquiry into elder abuse draws much needed attention to this critical issue, which can have devastating impacts on older Australians physically, psychologically and financially," said Dr Patterson.

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  • Charles Ponzi created a new topic ' Jessisa Philips & Pakula to Waldron-Sgargetta' in the forum.
    Parliament grilled David Cohen about what he knew.

    Mark Holscher complained about Leaks

    The Victorian Ombudsman wrote there could be Corupt Conduct in the Legal Services Board file C 2015 12800)

    The SEC FBI IRS and DoJ charged Jon Waldron and Eric Pulier in September 2017
    Howard Bowles lent on a landlord, Jones, and customer of the Auckland Savings Bank Sgargetta
    McGarvie studied FINcen at Harvard
    Fiona Bennett is on APRA's board with Wayne Byers.
    Newspapers predict massive fines on the CBA because of Counter terrorism Laws
    Bowles' files with family of Australia's Cybersecurity Minister are full of extraditable laws
    Pakula thinks IBAC should investigate her board because it unclear how her file with cc's to the FBI and SEC show that McGarvie misled the Victorian Counter terrorism Minister Robert Clark - see www.scribd.com/document/335429767/Lsbc-J...to-Waldron-Sgargetta
    What do you think? Can Pakula exonerate herself and her superiors about her files where her clients reported her and her associates to US law enforcement?

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  • Charles Ponzi created a new topic ' AWU Scandall File Download' in the forum.
    michaelsmithnews.typepad.com/files/wilso...ntral-letter-etc.pdf

    Page 7 Handwritten note p1

    B. Wilson 14.8.95

    1.10pm

    Attended w B.W. pastedGraphic.png

    Advised unable to act on his behalf b/c not prepared to be party to misleading union re WR Assoc. monies.

    Very worried. Thought this meant we wld tell.

    Advise him that cld not tell anyone. Completely prohibited.

    Legal Prof. Priv.

    Different thing tho to sit idly by or co-operate with it including?? acting for him. pastedGraphic_1.png



    Furthermore, he had lied to us about WR Assoc. He had instructed us to set it up.

    SG.005.0136



    Page 8 Handwritten note p2

    , he had then received monies into it improperly.

    Then he had spent the monies improperly.

    Lied to us and involved us in criminal wrongdoing, re the house.

    Partners very angry about that.

    Cld not act for him. Wld give him a letter that day which set this out.

    He concerned re letter being posted or even couriered.

    I said I wld hand deliver it.

    SG.005.0137



    Page 9 Handwritten note p3

    Suggested another solicitor.

    Spec. in crim. law.

    ?? not apparently interested. pastedGraphic_2.png

    SG.005.0138





    Page 10 Letter from Bernard Murphy to BW

    BM:IU

    14 August 1995

    Re: possible criminal prosecution

    (Handwritten note) Original of this letter read by Paul Henderson 14/8/95 and hand delivered to Wilson at above address in Hendersons presence on 14-8-95. Signed ??


    SG.005.0139

    BM6.14B/6



    Page 11 Handwritten note

    14/8pastedGraphic_3.png

    J.C. rang back. Concerned how our withdrawal was really b /c we were embarrassed about Wilson’s commitment to resignation/package and out of union.

    Advised it was nothing to do with that & that I understood Wilson committed to leaving union with packages, with others.

    Said I had spoken to Wilson about speaking to him directly

    & he wld call him.

    SG.005.0140



    Page 12 Handwritten note

    14.8

    1.50

    J.C.

    Advised unable to continue to act.

    Possible conflict – we act for union.

    BW accused of misapp.

    Did not feel comfortable.

    Said had advised Wilson & he unhappy but wld prefer to deal with J.C. direct than Smith.

    Did not currently intend to get another lawyer.

    SG.005.0141



    Page 13 Handwritten note

    14/8

    Peter McCarthy

    Advised that developing view re conflict of interest. Wld not be attending at bank. Did he have bank statements? He will fax to J.C. and I said I wld get BW to pick up a set.

    Indicated to him that my conflict was us acting for union and for him.

    SG.005.0142



    Page 14 Telephone message (Incoming)

    14/8

    BM

    Caller: Peter McCarthy

    Phone: 675 6293 Time 11.40

    Message:

    RYC

    Spoke to John Cain. Hopes to have the ?? this afternoon

    Details of the audits to a/c

    Will fax bank statements to us.

    30-6-95 Welfare??

    – to union

    – Re Election Fund

    8-2-95 to now

    pastedGraphic_4.png

    SG.005.0143



    Page 15 Telephone message (Incoming)

    10/8

    BM

    Caller: Peter McCarthy From: Commonwealth Bank

    Phone 675 6293 Time 2.20

    RE: Matter name:- AWU

    Message: T/O McCarthy 14/8

    * Getting withdrawals & deposits is not a simple task

    * B/W 27 June & 10/

    - Leave him ?? 1pastedGraphic_5.png

    T/O McCarthy 14/8



    SG.005.0144



    Page 16 Telephone message (Incoming)

    14/8

    BM

    Caller: Peter McCarthy From: CBA

    Phone 675 6293 Time 10.55

    MESSAGE: T/O left message

    SG.005.0145



    Page 17 Telephone message (Incoming)

    10/8

    BM

    Caller: Peter McCarthy From: CBA

    Phone 675 6293 Time 4.00

    RE: Matter name:- AWU

    MESSAGE: Please call b4 4.20pm

    SG.005.0146



    Page 18 Handwritten note

    John Cain 10/8/95


    Hasn’t spoken to Harrison.

    Smith has.

    Getting messages very strongly to that effect
    Try and make it as simple as possible
    Agreement b/w Wilson and union

    - ??AllegationspastedGraphic_6.png

    - Decided to resign

    - Resc termpastedGraphic_7.png



    SG.005.0147



    Page 19 Handwritten note

    Ralph Blewitt

    Jim Collins

    Mark Barnes

    Bill the Greek Telikostoglou

    Marie Murray Glen Cleghorn – Canberra

    ___

    Sam Wood – org Melb

    ? Helmut Gries – org Melb

    Steven Booth – Ind ORF – NSW

    Lauren Godfrey – Org NSW

    Tom Blacker – org NSW

    Michael Barwick - Ind ORF Melb

    Craig Wute - Ind ORF pastedGraphic_8.png

    Miles Rix – org Melb

    Mick Young – org Melb

    Phil Tuck – org Melb

    Wayne Hem – office person

    ___

    Christine Campbell – office person WA

    Lindsay Harris – org

    Mike Weller – org

    None elected

    SG.005.0148



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    10/8

    Meeting John Cain (??) 9.00 pastedGraphic_9.png

    Discussed problem. J.C. indicated money for employees was arguably secret commissions
    Said his client’s requirement was that Wilson resign office, m’ship in union. If not he would be charged internally, there wld also be press & matter likely to find its way to police. (Careful not to specifically threaten police charges)
    Indicated after taking instruction that Wilson wld resign but wanted the standard AWU package.



    Wilson concerned about press & possible police charges even if he left. J.C. felt this was unlikely

    SG.005.0149



    Page 21 Handwritten note p2

    We to speak to Harrison and Smith. pastedGraphic_10.png

    Indicated possibility of others going if Wilson went. In fact, Wilson had said he would not resign unless those who supported him also left given standard packages.

    SG.005.0150



    Page 22 Handwritten note

    (missing line)

    Ludwig may at BW and my request.

    He had been in meeting at Mt Isa all day.

    Advised that BW wanted to resign and take standard package.

    Wanted Ludwig’s assistance in this.

    Ludwig not interested in assisting.

    Not interested in being involved in negotiations. Had spoken to Cambridge and told him to brief R Kenzie to have a go at Harrison & Smith

    Same view as earlier re nothing wrong with political donations. Told him highly likely Wilson wld resign following day

    SG.005.0151



    Page 23 File note p1

    File note 9/8/95

    In conference with Hinkley

    Wilson told me for first time of the Workplace Reform Association account in WA.

    Said that the monies from the account had been misspent on a no. of things he did not want to tell us about.

    Indicated that if ?? a/c ever investigated he wld go to jail & so would other officials. pastedGraphic_11.png

    No further discussion re this in conf with Hinkley except agreed with Hinkley that I wld contact John Cain from MB

    SG.005.0152



    Page 24 File note p2

    on behalf of Wilson to negotiate a redundancy package + resignation for Wilson in the hope that if he left there wld be no further investigation.

    ---

    Had a coffee at ?? with Wilson immediately after conf. He told me then that S&G had set up the W.R. Association on his instructions as an election fund. & Also said that WR Assoc monies misspent by he and Blewitt on purchase of 1/85 Kerr St. pastedGraphic_12.png

    Very concerned. Told him that glad he had made his decision to resign already b/c this issue wld affect my ?? pastedGraphic_13.png

    SG.005.0153



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    Woodside

    Managements commenced in early 94
    Mike Forshaw, Chris Hayes and myself
    A lot of payments made
    NCB – real q’s of survival

    - moneys of NCB being banked by other branches. People

    - Ralph B asks “what to do with cheque in Feb 95”. I told Ralph to leave it in safe, & worry about it later.

    - (same with January payment from John Holland for $3000)

    Feb-Mar 95 wld NCB survive

    can’t challenge

    April 95 – Elections

    SG.005.0154



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    Branch has no money at all.

    Th



    Financial Dissarray – Auditors report pastedGraphic_14.png

    – NCB being ripped off by other branches

    – Our super not being paid

    – Hosp. benefits not being paid

    – Peoples monthly letters

    – No Bills being paid. Creditors demanding money

    – Nat. Office delayed paying people

    SG.005.0155



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    – Nat Office Building not sold. Had been told that if not sold by August then Bank wld foreclose.

    We discussed what we might do if the whole union went “into liquidation”.



    Why don’t we open a new account on 13 June ’95?

    Had old Vic AWU Account (General A/C) still in existence. Employers putting monies in & NCB operating it.

    However knew it would not be operating



    From 6 March, thru April 1995 I was asking for cheques & deposit books. I did not get them until early May 95. Hitchesen played “ducks + drakes” with us. pastedGraphic_15.png

    In period from 6 March to early May 1995 I did not bank these monies in that account. because union was broke.

    SG.005.0156



    Page 28 Handwritten note p3

    raised it, it would have gone instantly.

    In this period 6 withdrawals from ?? AWU working Account – Biggest one $7000 to finish the renovations. pastedGraphic_16.png

    In early May 95 finally got cheques & deposit books for NCB. I drew only emergencies from this. That is all I could have got anyway. Things like Telecom when phones were being cut off.

    By mid May clear central funding is all over, with people just drawing cheques out of central fund with no a insufficient ?? pastedGraphic_17.png

    8 June 1995 – Finance Ctee where each Branch stands on its own 2 feet. Each Branch runs own A/C. Suggestions of wrongdoing building. Huge argument. I speak

    SG.005.0157



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    (missing line)

    I think to myself that I will start to have to use their monies. pastedGraphic_18.png

    I had been having discussions with the C/W bank to try & get $200,000 overdraft & working account transferred to us. Bank said we couldn’t have a/c transferred to us. Said needed new A/C, & if got $200,000 overdraft it wld have to be authorised by Nat. Officials & they would have to tell them Bank what “security” wld be.

    I couldn’t put it into old Vic account until this fixed up.

    When I couldn’t organise this I went

    SG.005.0158



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    (missing line)

    1995. Started trading on it then we used that for membership dues.

    B/W 8 June 1995 +

    Letter from Cambridge saying those Branches having C/W Branches cld continue to use them provided they had a “Negative transaction” agreement with Bank of NSW to remit the 23% to the National Offices.

    The account opened on

    On 3 July 1995 the National Office opened the new decentralised accounts for each Branch from A Bank of NSW A/C for our use. 1. No good to us b/c throughout ?? can’t bank into it. 2. Still ?? the 23% problem pastedGraphic_19.png

    SG.005.0159



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    (missing line)

    the earlier deposits made + banked again in the election account. I did not think about it. Everything was a schemozzle.

    Still hadn’t finished negotiations with the C/W Bank re use of old Vic AWU account. Not until 8/8/95 did it become clear that we wld have to give the C/W Bank away.

    What was your plan with this money?

    Once I had established the NCB & it was clear that would happen, then we would transfer the Union monies into it.

    At Finance Ctee on 19/6/95 (I think, there was discussn about setting up separate a/cs

    SG.005.0160



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    (missing line)

    WA $300,000 from Thiess

    an incorporated association

    The $20,160 cheque from Thiess was made out to this association.

    However, it could lead back into these other drama’s.

    There would be a problem re “secret commissions” with this. Money spent on all sorts of things

    The “AWU Workplace Reform Assoc” account closed in April ’95. It operated out of

    SG.005.0161



    Page 33 Telephone Message (incoming)

    9/8

    Caller: Bruce

    Phone: 9639 1655 Time: 2.00

    MESSAGE: See fax – please call

    Ian Cambridge – 018 647 597

    SG.005.0162



    Page 34 Facsimile Message

    Bernard Murphy

    Date: 9 August 1995

    To: Bob Smith

    Bruce Wilson

    From: Ian Cambridge

    SG.005.0163



    Page 35 AWU-FIME Letter

    Letter to Peter McCarthy from Ian Cambridge

    SG.005.0164



    Page 36 AWU-FIME Letter p1

    Letter to Bruce Wilson from Ian Cambridge and Steve Harrison

    SG.005.0165



    Page 37 AWU-FIME Letter p2

    Letter to Bruce Wilson from Ian Cambridge and Steve Harrison

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    Dear Jennie

    Excuse me but your staff - Shirley Joseph - wanted our Witness Statements to the American "SEC Office of the Whistleblower" and FBI whilst the FBI was helping NSW prosecutor Carla Black get ready for a bribery case against the CommBank's Jon Waldron. You better get some straight answers from Mcgarvie because we have emailed Mr Bosignano at the White House to check with the CIO of the Secret Service why McGarvie wanted to know all about things that can extradite a Foreign Government Agency (you) that passes information to criminals about undercover operations like the drug raid on Ravelo and the bribery case with Waldron. CSC handles the Australian Defence Dept computers, Medicare, QBE, NSW Electoral Voting System, and the CBA's major platform. Have another word to McGarvie please, because he was diagnosed with malice and knowledge aforethought by the doctor that represents 6,100 people at the Parliamentary Inquiry that David Cohen testified at. Your whole office could go down together.

    We intend to sue you for breach of privacy, political discrimination, and 'spying' on what political advocacy groups and Independent politicians were planning as Inquiries before the Election this 2nd July 2016. A Royal Commission is one way to get into your files with banks, eh?

    Your Clair Marshall and Howard Bowles threated to jail Elliot while Gadens offered Waldron a carrot of an estimated $A1,000,000 for a Hush Deed or his family gets it, Capish. In some ethnic circles that's regarded as "prelate acts" to RICO racketeering and Wire Crimes.

    You threatened the wrong Waldrons! Please charge Mcgarvie with ruining a perfectly good payoff or something because your leaks went straight to the FBI. They jumped out of the bushes on lawyers and bankers and bribers. David Cohen confirmed what's at Parliament from your customers, namely that Comm Bank "As Seen on Four Corners" Ian Narev really did know about the bribes but kept mum until AFTER the FBI jumped out of the bushes. Please investigate McGarvie for breaching Part 7 with half your office. You're named in the SEC Report by the way. Can you really decide to close a file on yourself?

    Your whistling puts your colleaugues as the solitary cause for the losses by companies like Computer Science Corp. You owe Amex $2,000,000,000, Mastercard and Visa over $6,000,000,000, and Computer Science Corp $98,000,000. If a Royal Commission goes through you, add in Four Corners Unaoil Papers and the Panama Papers and you better as your bank for an overdraft.

    Amex Merchants lawyer FriedMan says he still doesn't know how it unfolded. We don't care, you're "it".

    Your whistleleaks came true, and the Fraud.Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Unit wanted to know what your "Foreign Government Agency" was spying on. The words "Economic Espionage Act" and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act were used. How many other cases does McGarvie have where politicians, the SEC and FBI call about you BEFORE your whistleblowers were right about your plan to spy on what the FBI was after for the Grand Jury on Pulier and the NSW Case on Jon Waldron?

    How many cases do you have where a doctor's 6,100 followers tell Parliament things before it "all came true". They ask Parliament for a Royal Commission that can go through your CBA IT Bribery Case and your other American Cases as well, and the words Extradition come to mind.

    The Age reporter "Houston" wanted to know about Gatto's shipping container. You really should ask McGarvie why he gives information to scammers like that Accountant in Brighton.

    Your office tipped off that you would spy on what the FBI might pass onto Prosecutor Carla Black for her case against Jon Waldron. Next thing it's in the Newspapers.

    The Ombudsman thought you engaged in corrupt conduct that was too big for her jurisdiction, she send us to IBAC. We went to the FBI because they have an ethics department you wouldn't believe! You should call them!

    You offered the "$1 Hush Deed" to the wrong Waldron Family, we think.

    Your staffers wanted to spy on our associations lobbying for Inquiries and a Royal Commission into banking.


    Your whistleleaks are why Computer Science Corp is saddled with a $198,000,000 loss and why drug dealing lawyers like Ravelo were caught with Reserve Bank Documents. Visa and Mastercard should sue you. McGarvie knows why.

    Please tell us again how this "Part 7" makes you liable for passing information to the wrong Waldrons!

    We agree with reps of 6100 followers of BankReformNow, you engaged in an Extraordinary CoverUp.


    “After losing my cases over and over, LSBC Insiders whispered to go to VCAT, the FBI and the US SEC. That was how deeply troubled the Legal Services Board and Commission people were. Who would think to call the FBI!? I thought they were insane. I did anyway. I am registered with a group at the SEC and the SEC might pay a reward if the Banks are fined. They spoke to other people about my case even though the LSBC is liable for damages if they blow the whistle or talk to the wrong people. (I estimate that WE ARE entitled to over $13mill.)”

    “Soon afterwards, Channel 7 News said a tip off last year caused audits and arrests of bank executives. (I think the tip off was from the LSBC whistleblowers to the SEC Witnesses).

    The FBI wanted the Hush Deed. Inquiries were made by


    Auditors from Ace Foundation
    Auditors from Computer Science Corporation
    An MP about an accountant in Brighton,
    Bank Reform people in NSW
    60 Minutes’ producer for the ANZ Story that was aired in August this year
    Fairfax and ABC
    The FBI “IC” Division.
    The SEC Office of the Director of Corporate Compliance
    The SEC’s Senior Counsel Mr McCreedy
    IBAC anti-corruption commission
    Victorian Ombudsman
    Parliamentarians who want the names of Legal Services Board officials
    about the American Express Case. They lost billions because of the Reserve Bank of Australia


    “The LSBC told me to go away despite damning evidence and despite the FBI arresting people. You would think the LSBC might see a few ethics issues if banks executives are arrested over the same Hush Deed they said was legal and ethical."



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    The SEC fellow called his Senior Counsel in on a call about the Legal Board of Vctoria and they fell off their chairs.
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    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Dear Dr Pridgeon,

    we're shocked at Australia's cover ups.

    Good luck with the Royal Comission because you're almost there to get one

    Executive Summary: If there are pedos in the law, often its shrouded in lots of "he said, she said" family law. However we might have a case that's different. Can you imagine a legal services board that goes so far out of its way to protect a famous mining fracking accountant "Trevor Shane McTaggart" that it can't tell the difference between the landlord and the tenant?. Next it disagrees with everything and with whistleblower reports.

    But the whistleblower reports come true with unguessable things like Ian Narev and David Cohen's admissions they really were aware about whistleblowers in the Commbank Bribery Case?

    Or unguessable things like there really were undercover agents on a cocaine truck from California to New Jersey like the cocaine busts on Mastercard's Lawyer Keila Ravello. Her partner in crime is in Bloomberg qoutes as saying "I still can't tell how this unfolded". (The Legal Services blew the whistle to undercover police we think).

    Or the Colombian Shipping Container that disappeared from Mick Gatto's wharf. Who steals from the Calabrians and the Colombians! Better still, why are the legal services board's Tina Stagliano named in the reporters' files and in McGarvie's files on Trevor McTaggart.

    Yes, the crims couldn't see it coming, but the whistleblower reports reported it all. Is this the chance to expose the connection between crook lawyers in the "ethics police" and crims who use them to search for doctors against peds and crime?

    We went to the Victorian Legal Ombudsman Kate Hamond (she is the newspaper in an article headed "Victorian Lawyers are Evil and Dumb"

    www.theage.com.au/news/national/evil-and...134703644883.htmland

    and to Senator John Madigan (he wants a Royal Commission into the child custody area of the family law court).


    Police came but, in between them leaving for "Operation Purana Police" to come, the place was cleaned up and vaccuumed by someone who can move shipping containers very very fast.

    For very strange reasons the Victorian Legal Services Board people blew the whistle in hints to people with contacts in television and politics. Afterwards the Legal Services Board chased everywhere to find out what law enforcement agencies knew, like the American SEC.

    Very suspiciously the Legal Services Board pretended the landlord wanted "his" boxes from under the stairwell (but they were the tenant boxes, mostly brochures for Asian skyscraper developments and a place called "Old Mill Road" in Healesville Victoria).

    We think everyone should report the legal services board to someone because "it all came true".

    Most reently, a few weeks ago, the Commonwealth Bank's David Cohen confirmed in the Parliament that Ian Narev was told about the CBA Computer Bribes Contract at Computer Science Corp, like the witnesses reported to the American law agencies in 2014!

    (We've dubbed the Legal Services oard whistleblowers "The Oracle of Delphi").

    Good luck with the Election Campaign.

    Might we suggest that you tee up with groups who want a Royal Commission into the banking sector. In that area criss crosses the cocaine, the Trimbole Family "debt collectors" unlicensed lawyers, accountants in mining, and corrupted legal elite.

    Our whistleblow-ees are flabbergasted by the accuracy of the whistleblowing.

    Best Wishes



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  • Charles Ponzi created a new topic ' Battling Pedophile Priests' in the forum.
    www.theage.com.au/victoria/the-price-of-...-20120916-2606z.html


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    The price of battling paedophilia

    Former teacher Graeme Sleeman lost his career, health and financial security when he took a stand against a sexually abusive priest in Doveton.

    Barney Zwartz

    GRAEME Sleeman knew Peter Searson was trouble even before Searson arrived as parish priest of Doveton in 1984. Searson liked to dress in military fatigues, often carried a revolver, and had a bad reputation when it came to money - and sexually abusing children.

    The two locked horns immediately when Sleeman, principal of the Holy Family school, told the priest he knew of his reputation and would be watching him, and Searson replied that as priest he was the boss. Their main battleground was bizarre: the sacred Catholic sacrament of confession, where Searson could get the children alone and unsupervised.

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    "I was concerned about his addiction to confession," Sleeman recalls.

    "Sometimes he would get children to sit on his lap, or kneel between his legs." Later he would help a church investigation into two sexual assaults during confession.
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    Sleeman was a respected educator and a devout Catholic. The latter cost him his career, his health and economic security for his family, as he sought to protect the children under his charge from a predatory priest while also trying to protect the good name of the church.

    When Sleeman resigned as principal in 1986 in a vain bid to force the church and Catholic Education Office (CEO) to act against Searson, he was besieged by media wanting to know about the priest's behaviour. But he stayed silent, even in later job interviews, when his refusal to explain his departure worked against him.

    Now, after 25 years, Graeme Sleeman, 63, is breaking his silence. Previously he feared a backlash against his family, and that he would not be believed. Now living in Queensland, he has decided to talk because ''the climate is right''.
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    He is still angry that despite repeated pleas to the church hierarchy, including to then archbishop Frank Little, and to the CEO to remove Searson - even providing proof he had stolen $40,000 from school funds - nothing was done.

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    Peter Searson (bottom row, second from right) and Carmel Rafferty (top row, second from right).
    Peter Searson (bottom row, second from right) and Carmel Rafferty (top row, second from right).

    Sleeman says when the CEO asked Searson about the money, the priest said it was ''a mistake'' and he would repay it, though he never did.

    Sleeman is also angry that he had to carry out this fight alone, with no support or counselling from the CEO.

    Carmel Rafferty, a later teacher at Holy Family who stood against Searson, felt similarly abandoned.

    ''I felt bullied, abused, traumatised, humiliated and isolated by the principal and CEO staff,'' she says.

    Worse still, Searson was the last in a line of six sexual abusers - some violent - who arrived in Doveton parish after it was created in 1962: the first four were parish priests at the Holy Family church, plus an assistant and a locum - a remarkable misfortune for a parish regarded as one of the most disadvantaged in Melbourne.

    Sleeman, a big man who played semi-professional football, started as a Salesian novitiate at the Rupertswood school in Sunbury, where several serial abusers were based.

    He left the order but later, feeling he had unfinished business with the church, became a seminarian, lasting only nine months because he didn't "fit the tea party conception" of priesthood and was uneasy about the homosexual activity of other seminarians there.

    He became a bush footballer and principal at St Mary's in Sale. He arrived at Doveton in 1982, parachuted in by the CEO as a trouble shooter "because the Presentation nuns had walked out that morning after upheavals with the parish priest".

    Sleeman didn't know that the priest, Victor Rubeo, was a serial abuser of boys and girls, but was aware Rubeo had affairs with women. Sleeman had a key to the priest's home, and once caught him in flagrante.

    One day in 1984, Rubeo approached Sleeman "absolutely beside himself, in tears, in trouble with one of his women". Sleeman arranged for the priest to take sick leave, and helped him do a midnight flit to Malvern. Another abuser, Father Regis Smith - a female victim of whom was later paid out by the church - became interim priest at Doveton.

    ''I made a number of visits to [Archbishop] Frank Little and [Vicar-General] Peter Connors, asking them to send a pastorally minded priest,'' Sleeman says. ''They appointed Peter Searson. I was on a fishing trip and saw it in The Advocate [a Catholic newspaper] and nearly had a heart attack."

    From the start, Sleeman made sure at least one teacher was in the church when Searson took children for confession. He did not know what Searson later conceded to a reporter, that the priest arrived from Sunbury banned from being alone with children in the confessional.

    One day a teacher brought him a nine-year-old girl who had rushed sobbing from the confessional. More than a decade later, she received compensation from the archdiocese for a serious sexual assault. Another pupil, also later compensated, told her mother Searson had interfered with her. Carmel Rafferty says police told her Searson was brilliant at persuading parents not to make formal complaints.

    Sleeman says the education office cover-up began with making teachers doubt what they were told - "what have you really seen, what evidence have you got?" "But they also kept telling us to report incidents. So we became the policeman, and they would go to the priest and say 'we've had another complaint', so the perpetrator was always getting a heads up," Sleeman says.

    At one point, he found that Searson had a 14-year-old Indian girl living with him alone in the Holy Family presbytery because of her family problems. Sleeman warned him but Searson ignored it, so Sleeman told the CEO who ''counselled'' Searson. Nothing changed.

    "Searson got great strength because he got away with it, and he upped the ante about taking kids to the confessional. So we put in place a whole lot of things to guard against him,'' Sleeman says. ''There were always at least two staff inside the church, and we put in place a timetable for confession, but he ignored it. If he saw my car wasn't there he'd rush over to the school and grab a group [of children]."

    Despite this, Holy Family was thriving. It was a finalist in Victorian school awards, and educators came from around the country and overseas to study Sleeman's ideas.

    In the end, becoming increasingly volatile himself - on one occasion he threatened to "rearrange" Searson's face - Sleeman decided he would have to resign. He thought it would create such waves that the church and CEO would have to act. Parents were up in arms and demanded Searson's removal. But Searson stayed and, apart from a short stint coaching football in Chadstone, Sleeman never worked in Catholic education again. "I was suicidal. I was treated like I had leprosy."

    He went to interview after interview, in Victoria and Queensland, and things would go well until he was asked why he left Doveton. He would just say "personal reasons", as advised by the education office. After he noticed a paper on a desk at an interview, he became convinced that the CEO was undermining him, telling schools "he's a great educator and works harder than anyone, but you'll never be able to control him".

    The Sleemans bought a general store in Longford, then Graeme got a job driving horse semi-trailers, but his physical and mental health declined. In 1998 he had a breakdown, and was referred to Melbourne's Independent Commissioner into Sex Abuse, Peter O'Callaghan, QC.

    For several years, O'Callaghan paid expenses and "wages" totalling $90,000 for both Sleeman and his wife out of his own pocket and without the approval of the Melbourne archdiocese.

    He did this until the church finally paid Sleeman $150,000, a sum Sleeman says was not even close to what he had lost in income, superannuation and lost opportunities. "My family was totally dislocated, and we didn't know where the next meal was coming from," he says.

    Carmel Rafferty joined Holy Family school the year after Graeme Sleeman left. But she wasn't forced into the front line until she started teaching grades 5 and 6 in 1992.

    "I lost my job over it, and during the process I couldn't make children safe."

    She says the school's staff had a good idea of what was going on with Searson. Altar boys didn't want to serve; asked why, they said "because of the way he touches us". One boy became upset during a sex education class when a teacher mentioned erections - he began rolling on the floor saying, ''Oh no, Father's got a big penis".

    In 1991, concerned at the way Searson was loitering around the boys' toilets, the staff sent a deputation of three teachers to the regional bishop, George Pell, now Archbishop of Sydney. Nothing was done.

    Rafferty says that over time many people approached her about Searson: children seeking safety, different concerned parents, a police liaison officer who wanted her to ask Vicar General Gerald Cudmore to remove Searson (she did, in vain), and a worker at Doveton Hallam Health Centre after an incident in which Searson picked up a girl in his car.

    Her relationship with Searson deteriorated. The CEO wanted to be told about Searson, but would tell her, ''Don't say anything, it's being handled''. Instead, she says, she was pressured out of her teaching career and livelihood. She resigned in 1993.

    ''This has wrecked my life, basically.'' She had to move house because she couldn't pay the mortgage, and spent six years working in a call centre. ''I felt my soul was dying.''

    For 13 years she sought compensation for wrongful dismissal, and was finally given a compensation for ''hardship and distress''.

    Searson's reign finally ended in 1997 when he was charged with the physical (not sexual) assault of two altar boys and stood down.

    The Age put several questions to the Catholic Archdiocese and CEO about why they did not act against Searson despite receiving complaint after complaint.

    Independent Commissioner Peter O'Callaghan noted in 2004 how surprised he was that Searson was left so long as a parish priest, "producing ill will, frustration and concern to school and parish staff, fellow priests and parishioners".

    A spokesman for the archdiocese replied that Searson was an eccentric and difficult person, but until a formal complaint in 1997 there was no evidence on which the church could act.

    "Searson's conduct was examined from time to time, but nothing firm could be established under the processes that were then in place."

    Searson was warned about behavioural issues, but the church did not know of his sexual misconduct.

    The archdiocese says it would have acted had it known about the Indian girl living with Searson, and when it found out about his gun it demanded he surrender it to police.

    Similarly, the CEO says it would have acted had it known about the stolen $40,000.

    Sleeman says that given he informed authorities about both episodes, he finds this ignorance hard to explain.

    Sleeman, like many victims, suspects that the archdiocese did not find evidence because it was disinclined to look too hard. At the least, they knew he was not the pastorally sensitive priest Holy Family needed.

    Similarly, the CEO says it gave "regular and considerable support" to Sleeman, but did not identify a single example. Nor could Sleeman.

    Both Graeme Sleeman and Carmel Rafferty plan to make submissions to the inquiry into the church's handling of sex abuse now being conducted by a parliamentary committee. Submissions close on September 21.

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    In the last week, there have been three reported matters which demonstrate the material consequences that Australian companies and individuals may face as a result of involvement in corrupt conduct. These include:

    the first reported sentences for conspiracy to bribe a foreign public official;
    the World Bank banning subsidiaries of an Australian company due to evidence of inappropriate payments; and
    US indictments of a Sydney-based individual for alleged payments to secure IT contracts in Australia.

    A brief overview of each matter is provided below. These matters provide a timely reminder for companies to ensure that their policies and procedures are adequate to prevent and detect corrupt conduct within the organisation.
    First reported sentences for conspiracy to bribe a foreign public official

    R v Jousif; R v I Elomar; R v M Elomar [2017] NSWSC 1299

    On 27 September 2017, three individuals were each sentenced to 4 year terms of imprisonment for conspiring to bribe a foreign public official pursuant to the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth). Two of those individuals (the Elomars) also received a fine of AUD 250,000.

    The Elomars were directors and equal shareholders of Lifese Pty Ltd, an Australian company involved in engineering, infrastructure and construction projects in Australia and overseas. The third defendant, John Jousif, was an Australian resident and Iraqi citizen. He was a relevant intermediary “with expertise in introducing companies to government and statutory authorities in Iraq and the protocols associated with obtaining contracts with such bodies.” He and his colleagues approached Australian companies to do business in Iraq.

    Between 2013 and 2014, the Elomars paid USD 1 million in cash to Jousif who then remitted the money to Baghdad for the purpose of paying a bribe. Lifese was never awarded any contract in Iraq and there was no evidence that the USD 1 million remitted to Iraq was actually paid to any Iraqi official.

    The Elomars and Jousif pleaded guilty to the offence of conspiring to bribe a foreign public official. In sentencing, Justice Adamson rejected the submission that bribery was necessary to do business in Iraq and imposed a custodial sentence on the Elomars and Jousif due to the seriousness of the criminal conduct and the need to deter others from engaging in bribery. Her Honour also imposed a fine on the Elomars as an additional deterrent in the commercial context.
    World Bank bans Australian company’s subsidiaries for “inappropriate payments”

    On 28 September 2017, the World Bank announced a Negotiated Resolution Agreement (NRA) that debarred 5 subsidiaries of Australian-based engineering firm, SMEC Holdings Pty Ltd, after evidence of “inappropriate payments” was revealed in a World Bank investigation.

    The subsidiaries were debarred for misconduct in the South Asia region for a period ranging between 6 months to 30 months. The inappropriate payments were made in relation to projects in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh financed by the World Bank.

    Under the NRA, the parent company has committed to make “any necessary enhancements to its group-wide corporate integrity compliance program” to ensure consistency with the World Bank’s Integrity Compliance Guidelines.

    Entities debarred for more than 12 months may qualify for cross-debarment by other Multilateral Development Banks pursuant to the 2010 Agreement for Mutual Enforcement of Debarment Decisions.
    US indictments in connection with alleged private bribery for Australian contracts

    Sydney-based, former Commonwealth Bank executive, Jon Waldron, and US-based former contractor to the bank, Eric Pulier, have been charged in the US with fraud and conspiracy, and Pulier faces additional charges for alleged bribes. The charges relate to payments allegedly made to secure IT contracts for the bank.

    Pulier, the founder and former CEO of ServiceMesh, allegedly paid AUD 2.5 million of bribes to Waldron and another Sydney-based bank executive, Keith Hunter, in order to secure a AUD 10.5 million software contract for the bank.

    Hunter has already been sentenced to 3.5 years imprisonment in Australia for breaches of section 249B of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW). After being released in Australia, Hunter is expected to be extradited to the US to face charges for conspiracy to commit securities fraud and wire fraud.

    Waldron is also facing charges in Australia under section 249B of the NSW Crimes Act over the alleged payments and has pleaded not guilty.

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    The US has issued arrest warrants for former Commonwealth Bank IT executive Jon Waldron and a former contractor to the bank over their alleged involvement in a bribery scheme.

    A US grand jury indicted Sydney-based Mr Waldron and California technology executive Eric Pulier on Wednesday.

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    Former Commonwealth Bank executive Jon Waldron has been charged in the US with five counts of fraud and one count of conspiracy.

    Both Mr Pulier and Mr Waldron have been charged with five counts of fraud and one count of conspiracy. Mr Pulier faces nine additional charges relating to the alleged bribes.

    Mr Waldron is already facing charges in Australia over the alleged payments. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges.

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    New Zealand-born Mr Waldron is next due to appear in the NSW Local Court on October 9 in relation to the Australian charges.

    Mr Pulier is accused of paying $2.5 million of bribes to two CBA executives, Mr Waldron and former CBA IT general manager Keith Hunter.

    It is alleged Mr Waldron received $1.9 million in payments to a New Zealand shell company.
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    The US Department of Justice alleges that in return for the bribes, Mr Waldron helped to approve a $10.5 million McAfee software contract for the bank.

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    Eric Pulier, the founder and former chief executive of ServiceMesh, was accused of paying $US2.5 million ($3.19 million) of bribes to two technology executives at CBA.

    ServiceMesh was sold to NASDAQ-listed tech giant Computer Sciences Corporation in 2013.

    It is alleged the payments relating to CBA's McAfee contract helped ServiceMesh secure additional payments of $US98 million in the form of an earn-out bonus from CSC in the year after ServiceMesh was acquired. This was on top of the $US282 million CSC had already paid to acquire ServiceMesh.

    US Prosecutors said Mr Pulier received about $30 million of the earn-out bonus.

    Mr Pulier then allegedly funnelled more than $US2.5 million of that amount in kickbacks to Hunter and Mr Waldron through Mr Pulier's purported non-profit organisation, according to the Securities Exchange Commission's court filing.

    It is alleged that when CBA Security questioned the payments, Hunter drafted a Statement of Works on his home computer describing management consulting work provided to Mr Pulier's non-profit organisation.

    Hunter, an American who joined the bank in 2011, was sentenced to 3½ years in jail, with a non-parole period of two years and three months in December.

    Hunter has also been charged in the US and is expected to be extradited to face those charges once released from prison in Australia.

    Los Angeles-based Mr Pulier, 50, is expected to surrender "in the coming days", according to prosecutors.

    Fairfax Media has been unable to contact Mr Waldron.

    A spokesman for the Commonwealth Bank said the bank referred the matter to NSW Police in early 2015.

    "We considered that the suspicious activity of these individuals was serious, that's why we took the step of reporting their activity to the NSW Police," the spokesman said.

    "We will continue to cooperate with the police and authorities as the judicial processes continue."

    The bribery allegations come amid a torrid time for CBA, which is facing an inquiry by the banking regulator, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, following scandals in its financial advice and life insurance arm.

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    The US has issued arrest warrants for former Commonwealth Bank IT executive Jon Waldron and a former contractor to the bank over their alleged involvement in a bribery scheme.

    A US grand jury indicted Sydney-based Mr Waldron and California technology executive Eric Pulier on Wednesday.

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    Both Mr Pulier and Mr Waldron have been charged with five counts of fraud and one count of conspiracy. Mr Pulier faces nine additional charges relating to the alleged bribes.

    Mr Waldron is already facing charges in Australia over the alleged payments. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges.

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    New Zealand-born Mr Waldron is next due to appear in the NSW Local Court on October 9 in relation to the Australian charges.

    Mr Pulier is accused of paying $2.5 million of bribes to two CBA executives, Mr Waldron and former CBA IT general manager Keith Hunter.

    It is alleged Mr Waldron received $1.9 million in payments to a New Zealand shell company.
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    The US Department of Justice alleges that in return for the bribes, Mr Waldron helped to approve a $10.5 million McAfee software contract for the bank.

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    Eric Pulier, the founder and former chief executive of ServiceMesh, was accused of paying $US2.5 million ($3.19 million) ...
    Eric Pulier, the founder and former chief executive of ServiceMesh, was accused of paying $US2.5 million ($3.19 million) of bribes to two technology executives at CBA.

    ServiceMesh was sold to NASDAQ-listed tech giant Computer Sciences Corporation in 2013.

    It is alleged the payments relating to CBA's McAfee contract helped ServiceMesh secure additional payments of $US98 million in the form of an earn-out bonus from CSC in the year after ServiceMesh was acquired. This was on top of the $US282 million CSC had already paid to acquire ServiceMesh.

    US Prosecutors said Mr Pulier received about $30 million of the earn-out bonus.

    Mr Pulier then allegedly funnelled more than $US2.5 million of that amount in kickbacks to Hunter and Mr Waldron through Mr Pulier's purported non-profit organisation, according to the Securities Exchange Commission's court filing.

    It is alleged that when CBA Security questioned the payments, Hunter drafted a Statement of Works on his home computer describing management consulting work provided to Mr Pulier's non-profit organisation.

    Hunter, an American who joined the bank in 2011, was sentenced to 3½ years in jail, with a non-parole period of two years and three months in December.

    Hunter has also been charged in the US and is expected to be extradited to face those charges once released from prison in Australia.

    Los Angeles-based Mr Pulier, 50, is expected to surrender "in the coming days", according to prosecutors.

    Fairfax Media has been unable to contact Mr Waldron.

    A spokesman for the Commonwealth Bank said the bank referred the matter to NSW Police in early 2015.

    "We considered that the suspicious activity of these individuals was serious, that's why we took the step of reporting their activity to the NSW Police," the spokesman said.

    "We will continue to cooperate with the police and authorities as the judicial processes continue."

    The bribery allegations come amid a torrid time for CBA, which is facing an inquiry by the banking regulator, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, following scandals in its financial advice and life insurance arm.

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