Ex-council employee pleads guilty to graft

Ex-council employee pleads guilty to graft

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A former Auckland Council employee has pleaded guilty to a corruption charge brought by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).

Sundeep Dilip Rasila (42) admitted accepting a $7500 bribe as council employee in the Auckland High Court on February 26, 2020.

Mr Rasila was employed by Auckland Council as a Procurement Relationship Specialist at the time of the offending.

His counterpart, Sunil Chand (56) also pleaded guilty at the hearing.

The charges

He gave Mr Rasila the kickback in return for his company being awarded an Auckland Council contract valued at $140,150. The contract was for the supply of 22,000 USBs of various sizes.

Mr Rasila and Mr Chand were remanded on bail to reappear for sentencing in the Auckland High Court on 12 May.

Sunil Chand gave Mr Rasila a $7,500 bribe in return for Mr Chand’s company, On Time Print, being awarded an Auckland Council contract valued at $140,150 (excluding GST).

Crimes Act offences

105 Corruption and bribery of official: (1) Every official is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding seven years who, whether within New Zealand or elsewhere, corruptly accepts or obtains, or agrees or offers to accept or attempts to obtain, any bribe for himself or herself or any other person in respect of any act done or omitted, or to be done or omitted, by him or her in his or her official capacity (2) Every one is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 7 years who corruptly gives or offers or agrees to give any bribe to any person with intent to influence any official in respect of any act or omission by him or her in his or her official capacity.

A Press Release by Serious Fraud Office

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