FORMER lands minister Tony Kelly and ex-senior bureaucrat Warwick Watkins have been found corrupt over the use of a backdated letter to claim approval for the Labor government’s purchase of properties at Currawong.

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has handed down the findings this morning, following an investigation and recent public inquiry into the purchase of the properties at Pittwater.

It has been recommended that advice be obtained from the Director of Public Prosecutions about prosecuting Mr Kelly, Mr Watkins, the former Land and Property Management Authority chief executive, and then corporate secretary Robert Costello.

The four former Unions NSW properties were bought by Mr Watkins on behalf of the former Keneally government, with contracts exchanged for the $12.2 million purchase on March 15 this year, just prior to the March 26 state election.

The ICAC found Mr Kelly backdated a letter to Mr Watkins to February 28, to be used by Mr Watkins to falsely represent that he had written authority of Mr Kelly to buy the properties.

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