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Investigation Report: Operation Zelinsky — An investigation into corruption issues relating to external business interests of a Department of Agriculture staff member

Operation Zelinsky considered an allegation that a former employee of the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment, Mr Jarrod Entwistle, used his position to improperly benefit a company to import building products from China into Australia. The investigation found that Mr Entwistle used his position to benefit the company by obtaining confidential commercial information about the company's competitors, and enabling the release and clearance of the company's consignments quickly. Mr Entwistle was charged with abuse of office contrary to the Criminal Code (Cth) and was sentenced to 1 year and 11 months imprisonment, to be served by way of an Intensive Corrections Order. He was also required to complete 500 hours community service work and ordered to pay a fine of $10,000. The Integrity Commissioner also found that Mr Entwistle engaged in corrupt conduct as he abused his office as a staff member of the department.