ICAC inquiry into Daryl Maguire told of envelopes of cash stuffed into coat pockets as part of work visa scheme
A corruption inquiry has heard of envelopes full of cash stuffed into coat pockets as part of a scheme to provide work visas for Chinese citizens.
The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) is investigating if the former member for Wagga Wagga Daryl Maguire was involved in a ‘cash for visas’ scheme and used his parliamentary position and resources for his own financial gain.
Three Riverina businessmen appearing before the inquiry said Mr Maguire introduced them to immigration agent Maggie Wang, who gave each of them tens of thousands of dollars in cash to employ Chinese workers that never turned up for the job.
Wagga Wagga businessmen Shaun Duffy and Peter Wood and Temora real estate agent Angus McLaren told the ICAC they initially thought the scheme was legitimate.
The inquiry heard Ms Wang and her associates prepared all the information for visa applications and drafted job advertisements.
Peter Wood told