An IT manager at a South West Sydney Institute of TAFE is being pursued by the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) for allegedly obtaining $1.7 million in false payments.
ICAC on Monday said it was opening a public inquiry on 17 August as part of an investigation into allegations that acting manager, TAFE ICT Services, Ronald Cordoba, dishonestly exercised his public official duties for financial gain.
The inquiry will examine allegations that between January and July 2014, Cordoba authorised false purchase orders, supplying false invoices to the Department of Education and Communities TAFE South West Sydney Institute (SWSI) and dishonestly authorising payments of those invoices to his own business, Storm Solutions.
ICAC is also investigating allegations that between November 2013 and March 2014, Cordoba secured a payment of $55,000 from an SWSI IT contractor by falsely claiming that he had been authorised by the TAFE to undertake work as a subcontractor on behalf of SWSI's contractor.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Cordoba has been an teacher and ICT manager in the TAFE network since 2002. He was also a CIO at ICT Medical Solutions between March 2002 and September 2011, and CIO at Wynrecruitment between January 2005 and November 2012.
The public inquiry will start at 10:00 am and will be held in the Commission's hearing room on Level 7, 255 Elizabeth Street, Sydney. It will run for four days.
This latest inquiry follows an ICAC finding last month that Brett Roberts, a former IT manager at three universities, engaged in corrupt conduct by authorising and certifying the payment of false invoices. This resulted in him receiving more than $86,000 in corrupt payments in relation to work that was never done while an IT manager at the University of Newcastle, University of Sydney and Macquarie University.