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CARELESS: Labor MP linked to care scandal

A Greek community run care facility for peoples with disabilities in Preston has been accused of neglecting the interests of clients, underpaying staff and corrupt practices.

The Agapi Care facility in Preston is closely associated with Labor MP Jenny Mikakos, who has been asked by the management to intervene to protect them from concerned regulators.

The organisation has been previously placed in the hands of administrators who were concerned about allegations of financial mismanagement and impropriety.

Since then, the director of the centre Vicki (Vassiliki) Papadopoulos has been the subject of intense investigation from their main funding source, the Victorian Department of Human Services. Their inquires apparently even extend to engaging private investigators who have been probing former and current staff about what’s been going on.

Papadopoulos is understood to be an ALP member and part of the Mikakos numbers base in the northern suburbs.

One source familiar with the situation told the OC that Papadopoulos was doing very well financially out of the dysfunctional centre, in addition to a very healthy salary which some consider to be well over six figures, she has been accused of tucking into the regular supply of groceries delivered there with money supplied by DHS. Some say she is paid more than fifty per cent more than industry standards.

Papadopoulos has protected her position by ensuring that the board of the centre is stacked with mates, reputedly including her godfather.

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  1. Ok so Mr Husic is a so call local but does he really represent the local people he is a very strong MUSLIM and on top of that he probably had to get permission from the local Muslim Leaders to run hands up if you want a Muslim running your town.

    Posted by Tom Jones | May 19, 2010, 6:03

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