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A political staffer who set up the alleged NSW Liberal Party slush fund Eightbyfive wrote a false corruption complaint against senior public servants under an assumed identity, the Independent Commission Against Corruption has heard.
The public servants were standing in the way of plans by Australian Water Holdings (AWH), a company with links to disgraced ex-Labor MP Eddie Obeid and serving state and federal Liberal MPs that was at the centre of a previous ICAC inquiry, the commission heard.
Tim Koelma has admitted he wrote to ICAC under the guise of "a long-time employee" of Sydney Water, claiming the state-owned company had a culture of "under the table deals, preferential treatment and kick backs".
Mr Koelma, along with former NSW energy minister Chris Hartcher, is accused of issuing sham invoices to hide donations for political favours.
The letter also made claims against former senior Sydney Water executive Ron Quill and the company's former chief executive, Kerry Schott.
Counsel assisting ICAC, Geoffrey Watson SC, asked Mr Koelma: "Did you know that you could damage the position and reputation of Sydney Water very seriously?"
To which he answered: "Yes, I suppose."