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ICAC to release report into 2018 probe that ensnared Daryl Maguire

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A corruption watchdog is set to release a report that will shed light on the alleged corruption that led former Wagga Wagga MP Daryl Maguire to resign from parliament.

The Independent Commission Against Corruption will on Monday afternoon furnish its “Operation Dasha” report to state parliamentary officials, who will decide whether to publicly release the findings.

The 2018 investigation is separate from the ongoing ICAC probe into Mr Maguire’s business dealings that led to the revelation he was in a secret relationship with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

Operation Dasha was launched after allegations of dishonest conduct at the former Canterbury City Council.

Mr Maguire was caught up in the probe after he was secretly recorded discussing property deals involving a Chinese developer over the phone.

He resigned shortly after publicly testifying before ICAC in July 2018.

Though he was a minor character in Operation Dasha, Mr Maguire soon became the focus of a separate ICAC investigation.

That probe, named Operation Keppel, held public hearings last year, during which Mr Maguire made a series of stunning admissions he used his parliamentary position for his own financial benefit.

Mr Maguire admitted he accepted cash deliveries to his parliamentary office relating to a visa scheme for Chinese nationals, agreed he ran a private business from his parliamentary office, and concealed his involvement in that firm.

He also said made promises to business clients they would be able to get access to high levels of government.

One of the people Mr Maguire promised access to was Ms Berejiklian, who took the witness stand in October.

In a closely-watched live hearing, she was made to reveal she had been in a “close, personal relationship” with Mr Maguire from 2015 until earlier that spring.

Ms Berejiklian has not been accused of wrongdoing.

The ICAC said in December it would take “further investigative steps” relating to the Keppel inquiry, and confirmed earlier this month the investigation is still ongoing.

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