Second CommBank IT exec charged in bribery scandal

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Second CommBank IT exec charged in bribery scandal

To appear in court next week.

NSW Police have charged a second man with corruptly receiving payments as part of the bribery scandal engulfing the Commonwealth Bank.

Earlier this month police arrested and charged former CommBank head of IT service delivery Keith Hunter with two counts of bribery charges in Sydney.

The charges followed an investigation into almost $2 million in suspected corrupt payments NSW Police allege were made to two of the bank's former staff.

At the time NSW Police said they were looking to speak to Jon Waldron, former CommBank head of IT engineering, one of Hunter's direct reports.

Police today said a second man presented himself to North Sydney police station yesterday.

He has been charged with seven counts of corruptly receiving payments from a supplier while employed by the Commonwealth Bank.

NSW Police allege the payments received by the man - allegedly from CSC-owned ServiceMesh - totalled $1.9 million.

He will appear on conditional bail at Sydney's Downing Centre on May 1, the same day Hunter will appear before the same court.

NSW Police claim the two men awarded ServiceMesh a "lucrative contract without putting it to public tender", later receiving payments from the company in return.

ServiceMesh signed a contract with the Commonwealth Bank prior to its 2013 acquisition by CSC to form a core part of the bank's transformed IT infrastructure under CBA's $1 billion core banking modernisation.

Part of the overhaul involved the build of a large-scale private cloud architecture, which enabled IT to deliver everything as-a-service.

ServiceMesh's Agility orchestration platform was chosen as the bank's cloud management foundation to manage the full delivery life-cycle of cloud-based applications, from planning and development to testing, release and ongoing operation.

CSC has said the company was taking the matter "very seriously" and would co-operate fully with authorities.

"CSC acquired ServiceMesh in late 2013 and we have begun our own investigation into these allegations," a spokesperson said earlier this month.

"CSC strives to conduct its business globally with the highest degree of integrity and will ensure that these concerns are thoroughly and promptly addressed."

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