The former head of Sydney's CMS IT, Angelo Millena, has been sentenced to nine months of “intensive correction in the community” over a series of alleged frauds involving the National Union of Workers NSW.
Millena pleaded guilty in March to two charges: participating in a criminal group or contributing to criminal activity; and knowingly deriving material benefit from a criminal group.
The terms of Millena’s sentence, handed down by deputy chief magistrate, Chris O'Brien, on 1 June in Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court, run from the date of sentencing to 28 February 2018.
The case, which was first heard in court late last year, saw Millena charged with 10 fraud-related offences allegedly amounting to more than $220,000.
The sentence comes just over six months after the Trade Union Police Joint Taskforce arrested Millena in Sydney following an extensive investigation resulting from the long-running Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption (TURC), which concluded in December 2015.
Police alleged at the time that Millena supplied IT services to the state union branch in question, with a number of the exchanges between the service provider and branch later identified as being allegedly fraudulent transactions.
It was alleged that Millena, as head of the Sydney managed services provider, conducted business with former union official, Derrick Belan, to defraud the NSW branch of the union.
Belan, the former NSW branch secretary of the National Union of Workers, and his niece, Danielle O’Brien, were reportedly charged on 17 November, in relation to almost $870,000 in alleged fraud offences.
Police alleged that they processed false invoices through a third party who supplied services to the union.
The arrests came after months of inquiries in which the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption during which the Commission heard that O’Brien and Belan misused Belan’s union credit card.
Belan’s case continues.
The Sydney-headquartered CMS IT reportedly had around 60 staff in several offices in the local region, including Singapore, Auckland, Darwin, and Manila. It counted Microsoft, Cisco and VMware among its partners.
The company had a history of working for a number of not-for-profit organisations and medium-sized businesses in the Asia Pacific region.
Following the case brought against Millena last year, the union indicated that it would no longer engage CMS IT for its IT services, and would work to recover union money, according to Fairfax Media.