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Top NSW CFMEU officials charged after allegedly receiving bribes from construction companies

Top NSW CFMEU officials charged after allegedly receiving bribes from construction companies

Darren Greenfield has been charged with four counts of receiving a corrupting benefit. Michael Greenfield has been charged with making a false statement and two counts of receiving a corrupt benefit.

The maximum penalty for offenses related to corruption under the Fair Work Act is 10 years in prison or a fine of $ 1.11 million or both.

In a statement, police said the owner of the construction company, Xian Feng Lin, was charged in November 2020 with six counts of providing a corrupt advantage and one of attempting to deal with the proceeds of crime worth more than $ 50,000. .

The man has pleaded guilty to the charges and is scheduled to stand trial in Downing Center District Court on September 24, police said.

CFMEU represents more than 100,000 members across construction, mining and energy. It is one of the most powerful unions in the country and has attracted the attention of the authorities for its sometimes aggressive tactics.

In 2015, the union’s Royal Commission recommended that charges against Darren Greenfield be considered for using a telephone to make death threats against his former colleague, Brian Fitzpatrick. No charges were filed.

The Commission had also heard that Darren Greenfield regularly visited Earlwood’s home for the design identity George Alex. The commission heard that Greenfield was collecting $ 2,500, which Alex would leave for him in a drawer in the bathroom.

Although the commission recommended the DPP consider criminal charges against the couple, no charges were filed. Alex was charged with unrelated offenses in 2020.

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