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A senior V/Line manager who was paid an annual salary of more than half a million dollars, despite refusing to provide his resume, is alleged by Victoria's anti-corruption watchdog to have also profited from a $2.2 million training scam.
The Independent Broad-Based Anti-Corruption Commission claims Alan Clifford, former general manager of rolling stock at V/Line used his senior position with Victoria's state-owned regional rail operator to involve his partner Nicola Spiers in the scam.
Covert footage presented by IBAC on Wednesday showed Mr Clifford joking about the prospect of his partner being jailed over the alleged scam, telling her it wouldn't be too bad for her because prisoners got to wear pink jumpsuits.
Mr Clifford was initially hired as a consultant at V/Line in September 2014 following a "captain's pick" by then-chief executive Theo Taifalos, the IBAC investigation heard.
One month later he was put on staff with a salary of $414,000 a year, which later rose to $521,700, plus a $16,000 bonus – a bigger pay packet than Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's.
This was despite his angry refusal over many weeks to provide proof of the tertiary qualifications required for the senior position or submit to a police check, the investigation heard.
When pushed to prove his qualifications, which he claimed "was in the to [sic] difficult box to get sorted from my end", Mr Clifford said in email he was "cheesed off" and threatened to resign that day, IBAC heard.
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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