AFP info passed to gang member
A FORMER Australian Federal Police officer passed on internal information to a suspected member of the Bra Boys gang and received $7000.
Ben Hampton, 46, thought he was helping out a friend-ofa-friend when he passed on information about a suspected South American drug trafficker. But instead Hampton was the unwitting target of an AFP sting to root out a suspected mole.
Hampton (right), who worked in the close personal protection unit providing se- curity for Australian and international politicians, now faces up to five years in jail after he pleaded guilty to dishonestly receiving $7000 as a Commonwealth public official.
Agreed facts tendered in the Downing Centre District Court yesterday reveal that the AFP had suspected Bra Boys gang member Nathan Rodgers was part of a drugs syndicate and had a police contact who provided him with secret information. In December 2013, a taskforce planted false entries on the police database about a South American drug dealer, and an informant then asked Rodgers to find out what police knew about the “dealer”. In January 2014, Rodgers told the informant he had a connection to a serving officer who could get the information. Rodgers then asked another friend to use his contacts to seek the information. “Rodgers referred to Hampton by name,” the facts state. Hampton later passed on the information to the mutual friend, who then left $7000 in his gym bag saying it was “from Nathan”. Hampton was suspended from duty in May 2014 and arrested two months later. He is expected to be sentenced today. Rodgers was jailed in 2016 for his role in the offending and importing drugs.