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Deputy Australian Taxation Office commissioner Michael Cranston is facing charges of abusing his position as a public official.

Two of Cranston’s children, Adam and Lauren, were among nine people charged by federal police yesterday over a tax fraud conspiracy totalling almost $170 million. Cranston himself, who has overseen some of the ATO’s largest investigations into tax evasion in a career of more than 35 years, allegedly instructed subordinates to access restricted information about the ATO’s investigation into his son’s activities.

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