Two councillors who voted for projects worth hundreds of millions of dollars in Victoria’s most populous and fastest-growing council area between them received more than $1.2 million in payments from a property developer and his associates, a corruption inquiry has heard.
The Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) has begun public hearings into allegations of corruption at the City of Casey, in Melbourne’s south-east.
Forensic accountants for IBAC estimate personal payments to Councillor Sam Aziz and his related entities amounted to close to $900,000 and those to Councillor Geoff Ablett totalled more than $330,000.
Counsel assisting Michael Tovey QC told the inquiry IBAC had uncovered what appeared to be “very significant financial relationships” between property developers, planning consultants and councillors.
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