A former public sector manager employed at a prison in Melbourne’s west arranged for $1.56 million worth of building and maintenance contracts to be awarded to companies owned by his son over a five-year period, Victoria’s anti-corruption agency has found.

Tabling a report into an operation known as Operation Nepean, the Independent Broad Based Anti-Corruption Agency (IBAC) reported that Jeff Finlow, a former facilities manager at a women’s prison known as the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre subverted procurement processes and failed to fully declare and manage conflicts of interest when…