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    Photocopier toner prompts corruption investigation
    The Corruption and Crime Commission in WA is investigating the purchase of office materials by State Government agencies and local governments.The CCC is investigating allegations the State Government spent hundreds of thousands of dollars more on photocopy toner than it needed to because of bullying and deceptive sales techniques by Consumable Management Group.In his opening comments, counsel assisting Kevin Taverner said CMG had sold overpriced toner, costing the State Government in excess of $310,000.

    The investigation will examine how government officials purchased the toner outside of agreed practices, known as common user agreements.The sales program ran throughout Western Australia, targeting people from the state’s north, Perth and Bunbury.Trevor Gould from the Department of Agriculture in Bentley says he was rung every 15 minutes by staff working at a subsidiary of CMG, Mycom Laser.Mycom Laser was trying to pressure Mr Gould to buy the toner and gave him gifts including a GPS, TV and vouchers.
    CCC hearing into toner cartridge bribery
    A corruption watchdog is investigating whether a Melbourne-based company bribed West Australian public servants into buying toner cartridges at overinflated prices and in such quantities that a whole office was needed to store them.

    The Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) started public hearings in Perth on Monday to determine whether any public officer had been engaged in misconduct by purchasing items, particularly toner cartridges, at an overinflated price from Victorian company Consumable Management Group (CMG).Counsel assisting the commission Kevin Tavener said the hearings, set down for three days, would shine “a narrow spotlight on the conduct of public officers who appeared to have been inveigled by a complex sales technique” applied by CMG.

    Mr Tavener said some public servants were offered vouchers and inducements including golfing vouchers to buy CMG’s products.”The application of the particular sales technique led to some of those public officers ordering items, in particular toner cartridges for photocopying machines, which was overpriced and not of the stated quality,” Mr Tavener told the hearing.”The sales techniques included bullying, deception and the use of inducements.”Mr Tavener said in a three-year period between January 2006 and January 2009, state government entities spent $316,000 more with CMG than if they had followed the government policies.He said procurement officers must follow set guidelines when making purchases to ensure government agencies received the best value for money.

    He told the hearing that due to the excess of cartridges supplied by CMG, a dedicated room full of toners had to be created.”On one occasion a manager contacted the company to advise them that they were inundated with so many toners they had to designate an office just to store them in,” Mr Tavener said.”The salesperson advised the manager that he had never been advised that they were overstocked, despite assurances from the manager that her staff had been trying to cancel the orders for a number of months.”CMG’s sales program was widespread across WA, Mr Tavener said.The hearings continues.