AFP info passed to gang mem­ber

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Opinion - SARAH CRAW­FORD

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.

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