I knew at that stage it was a scam so I thought it was a good idea to write something down," he said. Mr Maguire has yet to be called to appear at the hearings, which will resume at 10am on Monday with Wagga RSL general manager Andrew Bell and Cottontail Wines owner Gerry McCormick due to give evidence. "I didn't have an epiphany one day that 'this is a scam'. NSW Riverina businessman Angus McLaren has told a corruption hearing that he participated in a Chinese worker visa "scam" with a immigration agent linked to former Wagga Wagga MP Daryl Maguire. Wagga RSL director Phillip Elliott has claimed that he ran G8wayinternational on behalf of Mr Maguire, which allegedly took commissions from business deals and fees for introductory meetings in China and Australia. Counsel assisting ICAC Scott Robertson asked Mr McLaren why he emailed Ms Wang to say that a worker was "doing a great job" if he "never went to work for you". The witnesses claimed these workers had no intention of showing up to their contracted employment, which ranged from trainee accounting to a highly paid consultancy position. Angus McLaren To: Jason Goode Fri, Aug 8, 2014 at 4:32 PM ... NSW ICAC EXHIBIT. Creative Business Furniture partner Peter Wood and Great Southern Electrical managing director Shaun Duffy have both testified to participating in similar schemes that allegedly involved Ms Wang making payments for hosting Chinese workers. he said. It was gradual. The highest-paid worker under the scheme was Stephen Xu, who was paid $60,000 for three months as Mr McLaren's "deputy general manager" at Miller and James Real Estate. READ MORE: ICAC lists new witnesses to face inquiry into former Wagga MP. In one case, a worker called Stephen Xu allegedly completed only one day of work and made a few phone calls for a Temora beef export company in exchange for remuneration equivalent to $240,000 a year. During witness testimony given yesterday, Mr McLaren claimed that he was given $30,000 by Maggie Wang as a fee for every Chinese national who completed a three-month work period, with $15,000 paid upfront. LIVE COVERAGE: Day four of the ICAC hearings into former Wagga MP Daryl Maguire. ICAC has heard that Ms Wang was employed by a Wagga-based company called G8wayinternational, which was allegedly set up to generate profits for Mr Maguire. Mr McLaren said it was "possible" he approved a series of "made up" business documents concerning the employment of Chinese workers. But by then we had crossed the Rubicon. "I didn't have an epiphany one day that 'this is a scam'. The witnesses claimed these workers had no intention of showing up to their contracted employment, which ranged from trainee accounting to a highly paid consultancy position. Mr McLaren claimed that Ms Wang was introduced to him by Mr Maguire and he later phoned the then-Wagga MP to complain about being paid in cash. It was gradual. Do you agree?". Mr Duffy provided ICAC with photos of more than $27,000 in cash that he said was leftover from a bag of $100 and $50 notes supplied by Ms Wang. "I picked [Mr Xu] up in Sydney and we came out to Temora and we discussed potential investments before he flew back to Sydney," Mr McLaren said. "He never actually worked out at Temora ... he did stuff-all, really. The first week of Independent Commission Against Corruption hearings into Mr Maguire heard claims that Maggie Wang handed business owners cash to take on Chinese visa applicants who never showed up to work. When the employee didn't turn up, I realised this was a scam. ICAC has previously heard testimony that Ms Wang was a "specialist immigration agent" who worked with G8wayinternational and Phillip Elliott, who claimed Mr Maguire was "effectively a director" with him in the business. "It's a scam isn't it? "I thought it was a good deal," Mr McLaren told the hearing. Mr Elliott told ICAC that Mr Maguire gave him cash to hold for G8wayinternational that was generated from "immigration services". /images/transform/v1/crop/frm/rex.martinich/a4b00884-d156-4ed5-946d-0956906bb8ac.JPG/r1_0_1123_634_w1200_h678_fmax.jpg, Illawarra Mercury's trusted source for property, Children's dance studios 'lumped in with brothels' under restrictions, Authorities 'really pleased' by number of whales rescued, Business paid in cash for 'scam' visa workers, ICAC hears, Rape trial witness lied to police to cover up de Belin's cheating, jury told, Illawarra Salvos issues urgent call for donations as pandemic bites, How Illawarra MPs plan to tackle housing crisis affecting older women, Driver airlifted after head-on crash with semi-trailer at Dunmore, MP urges government to replace Illawarra's ageing demountable classrooms, Program to create a greener future throughout the Wollongong LGA. he said. Mr Robertson asked "although Mr Maguire was not formally appointed as a director of G8wayinternational, he did the kinds of things that a director might do. Mr McLaren admitted he did not retain some documents because they might have been "suspect". A woman accused of recruiting and paying businesses in a cash-for-visas "scam" allegedly linked to former Wagga MP Daryl Maguire is due to appear at a corruption hearing this week. Mr McLaren repeatedly stated that he entered into the worker scheme without knowing it was "illegitimate".
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