Joanne Ma

In another shocking development in the Leighton scandal, it has been revealed that a public inquiry previously found that former chief executive Wal King was not of good repute, having regard to character, honesty and integrity''. In 1994, Leighton had joined forces with US gambling firm Showboat to win the tender for the new Sydney casino. However, a public inquiry into the probity of the Showboat group proved damaging for Mr King, who was found not to be of good repute. Two Leighton companies were also found to be ''not of good repute, having regard to honesty and integrity''. The final report of the NSW government's Casino Control Authority Inquiry found Mr King and fellow Leighton executive Vyril Vella ''were involved with and had knowledge of'' the illegal practice of paying unsuccessful tender fees. These payments were then billed to the client with false invoices. (VIEW LINK)


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