– Federal police have charged a ninth former Reserve Bank of Australia banknote executive with foreign bribery offences.
The Melbourne Magistrates Court was told on Thursday that former Note Printing Australia sales manager Steven Wong, 57, has been charged with conspiring to offer a benefit to another person with the intention of influencing a foreign public official in a bid to obtain or retain business with Nepal’s central bank.
Three other former NPA executives already facing charges over a conspiracy to bribe officials in Malaysia and Indonesia were also charged with bribery and false accounting offences related to the Nepal deal.
NPA’s former chief executive John Leckenby, former chief financial officer Peter Hutchinson, and former sales manager Barry Brady are alleged to have created a false invoice for $260,000 in February 2003.
NPA, which is 100% owned by the Reserve Bank, was charged as a corporate entity in 2011 with conspiring to bribe officials in Indonesia and Nepal.
It’s sister firm, Securency, and several of its former executives have been charged with bribing or conspiring to bribe officials in Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia. The RBA recently sold its 50% stake in Securency.
Further charges are expected against several former Securency executives at the conclusion of a British Serious Fraud Office investigation into the firm’s massive commission payments to a host of allegedly corrupt middlemen associated with a 2006-09 deal to provide banknotes to Nigeria.
In January, Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency questioned the country’s former central bank governor Charles Soludo about the alleged bribes associated with Securency’s contracts.
Despite selling its share of Securency, any Nigeria charges would be acutely embarrassing for the RBA. In September 2009, the RBA authorised Securency to pay $7 million to a shelf company registered in an Indian Ocean tax haven despite having four months earlier asked the federal police to investigate the company after Fairfax Media exposed the firm’s shady deals.
A long-running committal hearing in relation to Indonesian and Malaysian bribery charges against several former NPA and Securency executives resumes in Melbourne on April 4th.
Leckenby, Brady, Hutchinson and Wong are due to appear for a committal mention in relation to the Nepal charges on April 29th – Richard Baker & Nick Mckenzie


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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