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Former Auckland Transport man in court

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A former employee of Auckland Transport and Rodney District Council has pleaded guilty to charges of corruption and bribery in a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) prosecution.

Barrie Kenneth James George (69) appeared in the High Court at Auckland on August 3, 2016 to enter guilty pleas in relation to his part in a case of alleged bribery and corruption by former employees of Auckland Transport and Rodney District Council.

He pleaded guilty to two representative charges totalling $103,580.54.

Mr George was charged in April 2015, together with Stephen James Borlase and Murray John Noone.

Undisclosed payments

Mr George had been employed as an engineer at Rodney District Council since 1974 and then as a senior manager at Rodney District Council and Auckland Transport where he was responsible for leading the delivery of maintenance and renewal works until 2013.

Between December 2005 and June 2013, Mr George admitted to receiving undisclosed payments or gratuities while in various engineering and management roles.

The gratuities often came in the form of cash, travel, accommodation and entertainment.

SFO Chief Executive Julie Read said, “The SFO welcomes Mr George’s acceptance of his part in this offending. The offending in this case occurred over approximately eight years. In circumstances such as these, this conduct becomes part of the culture of an organisation, and can continue unquestioned.  This does not excuse the offending and it is important that employees who are offered gifts, money or benefits by clients (or prospective clients) ask themselves whether their employer is aware of the offer and whether it might be an offence to accept.”

The two remaining defendants are to stand trial later this year.

Mr George will reappear for sentencing on 1 September 2016.

-Serious Fraud Office Press Release

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