How the Commissioner of the AFP can Prove a Fraud

Phillip Sweeney made this Freedom of Information request to Australian Federal Police

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From: Phillip Sweeney

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Dear Australian Federal Police,

I am seeking confirmation that the Australian Federal Police has received and retained a document with the title of

Exhibit M “How the Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police can prove the Fraud”.

This document is dated 9 December 2014

I am seeking a copy of this document along with a copy of a letter to Commissioner Andrew Colvin APM OAM of the same date (AFP Ref: 5631483).

This letter makes reference to the advice of the then acting Assistant Treasurer, Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann, who provided advice to the victims of this fraud to contact the Australian Federal Police.

Yours faithfully,

Phillip Sweeney

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UNCLASSIFIED

Good Afternoon Mr Sweeney,

         

Your Freedom of Information Request

 

I refer to your email of 10 September 2016 in which you seek access to
documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the Act) as follows:

 

I am seeking confirmation that the Australian Federal Police has received
and retained a document with the title of Exhibit M “How the Commissioner
of the Australian Federal Police can prove the Fraud”.

This document is dated 9 December 2014. I am seeking a copy of this
document along with a copy of a letter to Commissioner Andrew Colvin APM
OAM of the same date (AFP Ref: 5631483).

 

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My apologies for the delay in sending this notification to you.

Yours sincerely

 

AFP22486
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION
CHIEF COUNSEL PORTFOLIO

Tel +61(0) 2 6131 6131

[2]www.afp.gov.au

 

 

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From: Phillip Sweeney

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Dear FOI,

I have no objection to the items identified in the above email

Yours sincerely,

Phillip Sweeney

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From: Phillip Sweeney

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Dear FOI,

This FOI request is now overdue. Might I ask you to expedite a reply.

Yours sincerely,

Phillip Sweeney

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UNCLASSIFIED

Good Afternoon Mr Sweeney,

         

Your Freedom of Information Request

 

I refer to your email of 10 September 2016 in which you seek access to
documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the Act) as follows:

 

I am seeking confirmation that the Australian Federal Police has received
and retained a document with the title of Exhibit M “How the Commissioner
of the Australian Federal Police can prove the Fraud”.

This document is dated 9 December 2014. I am seeking a copy of this
document along with a copy of a letter to Commissioner Andrew Colvin APM
OAM of the same date (AFP Ref: 5631483).

 

Please find attached a copy of the AFP decision in response to this
request.

My apologies for the delay in getting this response to you.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the AFP
FOI Team.

Kind Regards,

JESS      (AFP22486)
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION
CHIEF COUNSEL PORTFOLIO

Tel +61(0) 2 6131 6131

[1]www.afp.gov.au

 

 

UNCLASSIFIED

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From: Phillip Sweeney

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Dear Australian Federal Police,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Australian Federal Police's handling of my FOI request 'How the Commissioner of the AFP can Prove a Fraud'.

I note that the Australian Federal Police (AFP) did confirm in a decision letter dated 1 April 2015 that in April 2015 the AFP did have possession of a copy of the document titled "How the Commissioner of the AFP can Prove a Fraud" as of 1 April 2015.

However the scope of this FOI requested was whether this document has been retained by the AFP and had not been lost or destroyed.

In a letter dated 22 August 2016 {APF Ref: PROMIS 5981669} and APF Officer made the following representation:

"Following a review of the information provided by you, which fails to provide any details of offenders, suspects or entities etc, no proof that a Commonwealth offence has been identified. Therefore the matters raised are not with the jurisdiction of the AFP to investigate. The AFP will not take any further action in regards to this matter".

However details of offenders and offences where provided in the document entitled "How the Commissioner of the AFP can Prove a Fraud". Specific reference was made to a document dated 26 August 1986 {Exhibit I} which bears the signature of a convicted fraudster who was identified to the AFP as someone who was familiar to the Australian Crime Commission.

This letter dated 22 August 2016 is prima facie evidence that the document titled "How the Commissioner of the AFP can Prove a Fraud" whilst it was received by the AFP a year earlier may have been lost or destroyed.

Therefore to complete this current FOI request the AFP should confirm that this document is still in the possession of the AFP, even it a copy of this document is not re-released.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.righttoknow.org.au/request/h...

Yours faithfully,

Phillip Sweeney

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Dear Mr Sweeney

I refer to your enquiry about whether or not the documents you refer to have been retained by the AFP.

The documents you refer to remain in the possession of the AFP.

Noting the above, do you still require an internal review of your request?

Regards

JACQUELINE (AFP12306)
TEAM LEADER, FREEDOM OF INFORMATION
CHIEF COUNSEL PORTFOLIO
Tel +61(0) 2 6131 6131
www.afp.gov.au

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From: Phillip Sweeney

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Dear Jacqueline

You have answered my request so an internal review is no longer required.

Thank you for your assistance

Yours sincerely,

Phillip Sweeney

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