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BREAKING: Corruption Allegations lead to a Public Inquiry into Potential Theft by the SNP

BREAKING: Corruption Allegations lead to a Public Inquiry into Potential Theft by the SNP

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has announced the launch of an investigation at the University of Sydney. The NSW anti-corruption organisation will be investigating claims that night patrol and security employees of a contracted security company have been submitting fake time sheets to the University to line their pockets.

This may have been happening for as many as 10 years and could implicate serious action being taken against the contracted company that provides security services at the University of Sydney, a company called Sydney Night Patrol & Inquiry Co Pty Ltd (SNP).

The allegations first surfaced around 2017. The University of Sydney contacting the ICAC to notify them, however no action has formally been taken until now. At present it is unknown how much may have been stolen in falsified time sheets, but the numbers could potentially be massive given the amount of time this may have gone on for. Commissioner Stephen Rushton will be heading the public inquiry.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported that in a statement the SNP said: "We are unable to make comments on matters regarding client matters."

Although no official investigation has yet taken place, it seems that the University of Sydney has been taking the allegations seriously for some time. Last year marked the first year that Wilson Security employees appeared on campus. This could have been a move by the University to mitigate the damages of corruption.  

The conspiracy to steal funds from the University may go deeper than dishonestly from the contracted company SNP. ICAC has announced that they will be investigating whether Sydney University employees collaborated in the theft. It appears that allegations have also been floated that internal employees were bribed to look the other way, or worse. The public inquiry will last 4 weeks.

Founded in 1923, SNP is one of Australia’s leading security services providers with over 2,500 employees nationwide.

The public inquiry will launch on the 11th of February.

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