Details on corrupt govt worker emerge

A former government worker has had his guilt affirmed after abusing his position to increase profits for a Chinese manufacturing company.

    A former government staffer corrupted his office by abusing his position to help a Chinese manufacturing company to import goods into Australia, a new report by the Integrity Commission has found.

    Jarrod Entwistle, a former public servant at the federal Department of Agriculture, is currently serving a one year and 11 months sentence through an intensive corrections order for his dodgy dealings.

    The investigation by the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity – dubbed “Operation Zelinsky” – found Mr Entwistle made more than 200 unauthorised accesses in government department systems to help the Chinese company import larger amounts of building products into Australia.

    Over 2016 and 2017, Mr Entwistle abused his position to obtain confidential information about the company’s competitors and to speed up the clearance and release of its consignments on Australian soil.

    The investigation revealed Mr Entwistle had travelled to China with one of the manufacturing company’s directors, who was a member of an outlaw motorcycle gang.

    Integrity Commission chief Jaala Hinchcliffe applauded the success of Operation Zelinsky, lamenting that Mr Entwistle had been fully aware of the illegal and immoral nature of his shady foreign dealings.

    “I am satisfied Mr Entwistle engaged in corrupt conduct, namely, abuse of office,” Ms Hinchcliffe said.

    “By his own admission, he knew that what he was doing was wrong and could land him in jail.”

    She stressed Mr Entwistle’s case demonstrated that information obtained by public servants over the course of their careers “may be extremely valuable to criminal entities and other external parties”.

    Along with his intensive corrections order, Mr Entwistle was fined $10,000 and ordered to complete 500 hours community service work as punishment for his crimes.

    “Unauthorised disclosures may have significant and long-lasting effects on agencies, their employees, governments at all levels, and the wider Australian community,” Ms Hinchcliffe said.


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