Former NSWMA manager on corruption charges granted bail
LAWYERS FOR Mark Rodney, the former National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) manager who is accused of obtaining $160 million by illicit means from the agency, yesterday said the police have no case against their client.
Rodney is charged under the Corruption Prevention Act.
The Crown is alleging that Rodney used his position at the NSWMA to obtain wealth by illicit means.
But his attorneys, Peter Champagnie and Ramona Nelson, in making a bail application, told Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey that the case against Rodney was not a criminal one and at the highest was a mere conflict of interest.
Champagnie said Rodney was associated with a company that had a contractual relationship with the NSWMA. He told RM Pusey that during the interview with the police, there was no suggestion that the work was not done for the NSWMA.
The alleged fraud was discovered after a forensic audit of the NSWMA's accounts for the financial year 2011-2012.
Rodney was released on bail in the sum of $10 million. He is to return to the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on July 18.