Transport Canberra and City Services project manager faces court on bribery charges


May 03, 2018 14:28:06

An ACT Government employee allegedly requested a $100,000 bribe from a construction contractor before asking for a written character reference from the same man three weeks later.

Christopher David Hocking appeared briefly in the ACT Magistrates Court on Thursday charged with bribery.

The former Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS) project manager was arrested on Wednesday, after a three-month investigation by police.

Police documents tendered in court state Mr Hocking met the operations manager of a construction company in January to discuss a project to remove bike racks in Garran.

It is alleged Mr Hocking told the operations manager if he handed over $100,000 in cash he would make sure the company got another tender bid for works on Pantowora Street in Bruce and “keep getting projects” like it.

“I am the man with the cheque book and you can get the work done,” Mr Hocking was quoted as saying in court documents.

“I work for the Government on $100,000 per year, I have two kids, a family to support and I live in Kaleen, I need a bit extra.”

It is alleged he then asked the man to hand over a bag of untraceable cash in a car park.

The documents allege one day later Mr Hocking told the contractor to forget about his earlier offer.

Later that month Mr Hocking was stood down from his job after being told an allegation of collusion had been made about him.

TCCS then referred the matter to the ACT Chief Police Officer, sparking an investigation.

On February 9, more than three weeks after Mr Hocking’s request, court documents said he asked the same contractor “for a written character reference”, which he agreed to give, but it ultimately fell through.

In the ACT Magistrates Court on Thursday, Mr Hocking was granted bail.

He is expected to appear in court again later this month.









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May 03, 2018 13:59:28

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