Media Release: AQIS official arrested over corruption

Release Date: Thursday, December 20 2012, 06:00 AM

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has arrested an Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) official for alleged corruption.

The 35-year-old Caringbah woman was arrested and charged yesterday (19 December) in Sydney Central Local Court and subsequently released on bail.

The arrest is a result of a major two year joint investigation involving the AFP, the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity (ACLEI) and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. The investigation has already resulted in the arrest of two Customs Officers, three alleged drug couriers and two others involved in the importation.

It will be alleged in court that the woman used her position within AQIS to corruptly receive a benefit.

The woman has been charged with the following offences.

  • Receiving a corrupting benefit contrary to section 142.1(3) of the Criminal Code Act 1995.
  • Influencing a Commonwealth public official contrary to section 135.1(7) of the Criminal Code Act 1995.

The maximum penalty for these offences is five years imprisonment.

Further arrests have not been ruled out.  As this arrest relates to an ongoing investigation, the AFP and ACLEI will not be providing further comment.

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