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Australian politician tells inquiry Chinese visa scheme was a scam

SYDNEY (Reuters) – An Australian politician at the centre of a corruption probe told an inquiry on Wednesday that he had received envelopes full of thousands of dollars in cash at his parliament office as part of a scheme for Chinese nationals to fraudulently acquire visas.

Daryl Maguire, who quit the New South Wales (NSW) state parliament in 2018, agreed with the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption that the scheme, where Chinese nationals paid large sums for a business in NSW to pretend they were employed there, was a scam.

Maguire and his business associate, Maggie Wang, received up to A$20,000 ($14,000) for each business they recruited to the scheme. He agreed it was a breach of public trust.

Wang had told the inquiry on Tuesday that she had shared profits from the scheme with Maguire, and also admitted lying to investigators.

Maguire accepted another allegation heard by the inquiry

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Icac NSW inquiry live: Gladys Berejiklian attacks ‘offensive’ questions as Daryl Maguire grilled on cash-for-visa scheme | Australia news

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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

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