Aussie Skips and Its CEO Admit Guilt Due to Cartel Charges

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In Federal Court, Aussie Skips Recycling and Bin Services, alongside its CEO Emmanuel Roussakis, pleaded guilty to a criminal cartel offence. 

This shocking revelation has further exposed the rampant corruption in Sydney’s waste industry. It is now critical for authorities to ensure such illicit activities are brought to an end.

The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) has levelled charges against Aussie Skips and Bingo Industries, suggesting that during mid-2019, the two companies agreed to raise and keep prices static for skip bin supply as well as processing services relating to building and demolition waste in Sydney.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) thoroughly investigated the case before referring it to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP). Subsequently, criminal charges were laid.

The ACCC dispatches inquiries into cartel behaviour, administers the exoneration procedure, and institutes proceedings in the Federal Court regarding civil cartel offences

The ACCC endeavours to identify cartels through educational programs, proactive intelligence collection and data analysis, and collaborating with counterparts from other countries to recognise global-level cartels.

Bingo and its previous managing director and Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Tartak, have admitted their guilt for partaking in the same cartel.

Tartak’s sentencing hearing is slated for March 9-10, and the outcome of this case will be determined then.

Cartels are illegal because they can cause serious economic damage to the economy. This is also the reason why the ACCC takes investigations into cartel conduct seriously and will continue to refer matters to the CDPP when appropriate,” ACCC deputy chair Mick Keogh said.

The Federal Court is scheduled to hold sentencing hearings for Aussie Skips and Roussakis on May 22-23, 2023. The decision regarding their fate now rests in the court’s hands.

Those guilty of criminal cartel activity could be liable for up to 10 years in prison and a hefty fine of $444,000. Alternatively, the court may punish with both imprisonment and monetary consequences.

Companies can be liable for up to $10 million or three times the benefits gained if they commit a criminal cartel offence before November 9, 2022. Severe financial penalties are in place as powerful deterrents for corporate wrongdoing.

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