Officer used work phone for bets

A PRISON officer at Capricorn Correctional Centre who used a work phone to place bets with a gambling agency faced no penalty other than a "counselling" session on correct use of government technology.

In a separate incident, a prison supervisor was recently suspended with full pay after allegedly bringing a private mobile phone into the jail.

The officer who admitted to gambling was the subject of an internal investigation by the Department of Corrective Services that started last year.

The investigation, which was sparked by allegations that the officer may have been placing the bets on behalf of inmates, began last year.

A spokesman for the department said that claim was found to be "unsubstantiated", and that officer had been "counselled on appropriate use of QCS facilities".

That was despite the misuse of government technology being listed as an example of "public sector fraud", according to the department's Fraud Control and Corruption Prevention procedure.

The Morning Bulletin understands that the suspended supervisor has worked for the Department of Corrective Services for more than 15 years. The spokesman said yesterday the supervisor was recently suspended while an investigation into allegations that he brought the phone into the centre during a night shift were completed.

According to the Correctional Services Act 2006, bringing a "prohibited thing", including a mobile phone, into a jail could attract a maximum penalty of up to two years imprisonment.



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