Union-owned training organisation referred to police over alleged $450k fraud

Allegations of fraud totalling almost $450,000 at an organisation part-owned by the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union and whose general manager is a Labor member of The Hills Shire council and Medal of the Order of Australia recipient, have been referred to the NSW police.

Comet Training – jointly owned by the NSW division of the CFMEU and the Master Builders Association NSW – is alleged to have been defrauded of one amount of $232,000 and another of $220,000 over the course of more than a year.

Councillor Ray Harty, who was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2012 for services to the construction industry.

Councillor Ray Harty, who was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2012 for services to the construction industry.

Photo: Natalie Roberts NRO

Representatives of the organisations have referred the alleged fraud to the NSW police.

It is understood Master Builders Association NSW executive director Brian Seidler gave a statement to Auburn police on November 29.

Fairfax Media understands the alleged fraud was uncovered in late November as the Comet board began closing down the organisation after its premises was sold.

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