$2.2m in Mafia bribes to NSW judges alleged in top-secret police reports
- Category: Judicial Corruption
- Created: Monday, 06 July 2015 02:45
- Written by Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, Michael Bachelard - Sydney Morning Herald
An Australian Mafia boss allegedly paid $2.2 million in bribes to NSW judges to get lighter jail sentences, top-secret police intelligence reports reveal.
The reports also reveal how the price of some food – including certain types of seafood in Sydney – may be more expensive due to Mafia control of the supply chain across Australia.
A joint Fairfax Media and ABC Four Corners investigation has obtained a series of confidential Australian police reports written and circulated to state agencies between 2003 and 2014.
The reports provide startling revelations about the depth of the Calabrian Mafia's infiltration into Australian life and its the ambitions of the criminal group.
The Mafia poses an "extreme" organised crime risk to the nation, police reports warn.
One report described how NSW police gathered information in 2003 that Mafia figures in Griffith – the group's traditional stronghold – had been "receiving information from a person connected to the police in Griffith and the court".
"It is alleged that a Sydney based IOC [Italian Organised Crime] member received light sentences in the past because he paid off [Sydney] judges, costing approximately $2.2 million.