New Zealand: Corrupt official gets home detention after dodgy Auckland Council deal for Chinese USB devices

A former Auckland Council worker will serve a period of home detention for a bribery case which “tarnishes New Zealand’s current reputation” as a largely corruption-free country.

Sundeep Dilip Rasila was sentenced after defrauding the local government body out of nearly $30,000 to help an old friend secure a nearly $150,000 Chinese tech goods contract.

Rasila, 42, was a procurement relationship specialist with the council from June 2012 to April 2016 and responsible for dealing with existing suppliers of goods and services.

The shady deal also involved 56-year-old commercial printing and office stationery supply businessman Sunil Chand and the allure of a $15,000 kickback.

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