Horizon Power manager profited from IT contracts, new CCC report claims
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Horizon Power manager profited from IT contracts, new CCC report claims

A Horizon Power technology manager invoiced a company he owned to pay down a credit card debt, according to a Corruption and Crime Commission report tabled in Parliament on Monday.

The CCC alleges Paul Thomas, who ran the state-owned power company's Knowledge and Technology department, used his position to falsely claim the company, Trusted Solutions IT, carried out work for Horizon Power.

The CCC report on corruption in IT at Horizon Power was tabled in Parliament on Monday.

The CCC report on corruption in IT at Horizon Power was tabled in Parliament on Monday.

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In its report, the CCC said Mr Thomas employed his wife as a contractor for the business and charged Horizon Power $700 a day.

The CCC claimed Mr Thomas also agreed Horizon Power would pay an "agency margin fee" to his company.

It recommended consideration be given to prosecuting Mr Thomas for corruption and fraud.

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In a media statement, the CCC warned: "The conduct detailed in the report is not confined to this single incident or work place, but may be widespread throughout the community."

"The report follows a series of public and private hearings conducted earlier this year and a lengthy investigation involving the use of the Commission’s wide-ranging investigative powers," a spokesperson said.

"As part of this inquiry, the Commission entered into a co-operative investigation with WA Police who have worked alongside the Commission.

"The Commission warns that the conduct detailed in the report is not confined to this single incident or work place, but may be widespread throughout the community."

Mr Thomas was given a copy of the report, but responded to it claiming he "does not agree with the findings made that relate to him".

Nathan covers state politics for WAtoday. He is a former editor of the Mandurah Mail, where he also covered politics for Fairfax's regional titles.