A building and construction manager had screenshots on his phone revealing a Google search that asked whether private investigators can trace erased WhatsApp messages, an Independent Commission Versus Corruption query has heard. Joseph Jacob informed the query on Wednesday he had actually most likely erased contact number and text histories with Canada Bay Mayor Angelo Tsirekas and the mayor’s long-lasting buddy Joseph Chidiac, after Chidiac informed Jacob he had actually been robbed by the commission in 2019. ICAC personnel later on drew out the screenshots from Jacob’s phone throughout their examination into whether Tsirekas had actually favoured the interests of Prolet Constructions, Chidiac and advancement huge Billbergia in preparing matters, and stopped working to appropriately state disputes of interest developing from those relationships. The questions heard on Wednesday that Jacob, who runs the Drummoyne-based Prolet Constructions with his bro Pierre, would have about 5 meals a year with Pierre, Tsirekas, and sometimes Chidiac and Billbergia employer John Kinsella. The lunches and suppers were at dining establishments consisting of Machiavelli on Clarence Street and happened in between 2016 and 2019. The discussion would begin on facilities propositions [in Rhodes], then clearly it would rely on typical social talk, or something like that, Jacob stated under questioning. He rejected he had a close relationship with Tsirekas, and rather explained an expert relationship with the mayor from 2012 till 2019. Counsel helping the commission, Jamie
Darams, stated Jacob had actually sent out amusing pictures and amusing memes to Tsirekas on WhatsApp, recommending this suggested a relationship.
However Jacob stated he did not discuss his personal life with the mayor, nor welcome him to his house, which any coffees or meals shown Tsirekas at dining establishments were not for simply social reasons. It would be an opportunity to satisfy up and talk about the facilities propositions, Jacob informed the inquiry. Jacob stated the set had a falling out in 2019 over the council’s position on facilities problems, which
led him to end the relationship. However, it was later on exposed Jacob had actually erased the contact number of both Tsirekas and Chidiac. Jacob stated Chidiac had actually driven past him on the streets of Drummoyne one day and informed him he had actually been robbed by the commission.
He was indicating our names were in some way included also, Jacob said. I stated to him: I do not understand you need to be informing us this . . . Mr Chidiac stated– and I discovered this extremely unusual– he stated the commission had no issue in him informing us about his raid. Darams recommended Jacob had actually erased text since he was worried about what may be tape-recorded.
However Jacob stated he was not worried he would be robbed, which he had actually just erased the contact number due to the fact that he no longer wished to be included with either man. He likewise confessed to sending out Chidiac long records about
facilities propositions utilizing the social networks app Wickr, which can auto-destruct messages. However when Darams asked whether it held true that Jacob wished to conceal the correspondence, he responded: Not to conceal, a great deal of individuals utilize it now. I was utilizing it for the primary function of huge files. The commission heard Prolet acquired numerous homes to the east of Rhodes train station throughout 2014, wishing to capitalise on Sydney’s residential or commercial property boom and the land’s distance to public transport. In that procedure, Jacob stated he often looked for the help of regional property representatives who had actually been presented to him by Chidiac. Chidiac likewise presented him to agents from
Billbergia. The commission declared in its opening declarations that Chidiac offered his services to customers, that included the defunct iProsperity Group and Billbergia, on the basis that he might present them to individuals and his customers might then bring into play his relationships with them. The questions recently heard that Tsirekas and Chidiac were veteran good friends, and had actually taken a trip overseas together a number of times in between 2016 and 2019. It heard Chidiac often paid Tsirekas’costs on those trips. Tsirekas has actually taken individual leave from the council, and formerly stated he would safeguard the allegations. The questions advances Thursday. A guide to the environment, what’s occurring to it, what’s being done about it and what it suggests for the future.