Sydney IT provider CMS IT's chief executive Angelo Millena faced court on Thursday, 22 December, charged for his role in the alleged misuse of thousands of dollars in National Union of Workers funds.
CRN reported in November an IT provider had been arrested by Trade Union Joint Police Taskforce detectives.
Police alleged Millena provided IT services to the state union branch.
His case relates to the November arrest of former union official Derrick Belan and former union bookkeeper Danielle O’Brien, who ABC News reported were charged with fraudulently obtaining more than $870,000 from the NSW NUW.
Fairfax reported that after extensive investigations, police said they had discovered a number of transactions between Millena and the union they believed were fraudulent.
Police alleged the total value of the alleged fraud offences amounted to more than $220,000.
Millena was charged with 10 fraud-related offences, participating in a criminal group, and receiving material benefits derived from a criminal group.
CMS IT, the Sydney-based managed services provider, notably provided services non-for-profit organisations among others, and last year landed a 21-site outback rollout with Australian Regional Remote Community Services.
The company has since changed its name to IT Australia Solutions and removed Millena from its list of directors.
The Australian Financial Review reported the National Union of Workers’ new leadership, including new secretary Martin Cartwright, had no contact with Millena since assuming the role in January 2016. The union said it had switched IT providers and that it would pursue action against Millena to recover the union’s money.
Millena's case was adjourned until January 2017.