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Cooper victims face ruin

BNZ is taking action to recover money it lent to some of the people who entered loss-making property investment deals with Glenn William Cooper, who is due to be sentenced early next month, after pleading guilty to dishonesty charges laid by the Serious Fraud Office. The case is a reminder …

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Probe launched into pokie grants

Search warrants have been executed up and down the country as part of an investigation into pokie machine grant manipulation. Internal Affairs director of gambling compliance Debbie Despard said the investigation was significant, involving a number of agencies including the Serious Fraud Office. No details on the amount or search …

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Cycle race manager charged with fraud

FORMER Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge manager Rob McKnight has been charged with fraud after a 14-month police investigation into his involvement with the event. McKnight was sacked as event and sponsorship manager in September 2011 after he allegedly used a $1600 spot travel prize intended for a competitor. An independent …

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Kiwis get fraud lowdown

Bernie Madoff’s nemesis to give public talk ahead of top-level international summit. Serious Fraud Office boss Simon McArley is hoping a talk from the man who blew the whistle on the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme will help New Zealanders to identify future financial rip-offs. Harry Markopolos will speak at a …

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IRD worker jailed for $225,000 fraud

An IRD employee who created fake passports, birth certificates, IRD numbers and application forms, gaining just over $225,000 to spend on cars, gambling, groceries and electronics has been jailed. In the Hamilton District Court today, Anita Gail O’Connor, 59, of Ngaruawahia, was sentenced to two years and five months’ prison …

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Home, wife and reputation lost after fraud

An accountant has been jailed for stealing from his trust account, and convincing clients to join in an unlawful scheme to buy tax losses. Christchurch District Court Judge Jane Farish said clients and the Inland Revenue Department lost $556,749 as a result of 51-year-old Grant Perry McGowan’s activities. It was …

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Alexandra Holland accused of $450k cheque fraud

A woman is facing fraud-related charges after allegedly making out 177 cheques worth more than $450,000 in the name of a company owned by the chairman of the Auckland Arts Festival. Alexandra Ruve Clare Holland appeared in the Auckland District Court yesterday on three charges of allegedly making out 177 …

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Fraud and theft revealed in public sector

A quarter of public servants say at least one incident of fraud or corruption has taken place in their workplace in the last two years, a survey reveals. Read the full article on line >>> The Dominion Post http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/7133698/Cash-theft-tops-fraud-in-public-service

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More fraud victims found

More people have come forward claiming to have been duped by likeable conman David Nepia Carroll. Last week the Herald on Sunday reported Carroll – also known as David Palmer and Sam Palmer – had left without paying at gay-friendly lodges in Piha and Ruakaka. He was described as a …

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Financial adviser accused of $5m fraud

The Serious Fraud Office has accused North Shore financial adviser Evan Cherry of swindling family and friends in a fraud worth at least $5 million. The white collar crime investigator has leveled 13 charges against Cherry, the sole director of Albany-based Investment Solution, saying he stole investors’ funds and made …

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