The University of Sydney has been criticised after a senior IT manager allegedly made hundreds of thousands of dollars by recruiting staff from a firm he part-owned. Todd Demiralay, who also uses the first name Atilla, was a senior manager at the university's information technology centre (ITC) between June 2006 and May 2011. An Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) inquiry, which began in Sydney on Tuesday, heard Mr Demiralay was put in charge of recruiting casual helpdesk staff in 2007 as the university merged IT departments. "It is in this context that Mr Demiralay was able to refer the majority, if not all, casual IT recruitment to Succuro Recruitment Pty Ltd – a company that was closely related to him and his wife," counsel assisting the inquiry Jeremy Morris said. In fact, Mr Demiralay and his wife, Virginia Kantarzis, were the firm's part-owners. Mr Demiralay continued to recruit from Seccuro beyond the 2007 project, it is alleged.
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