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SFO Welcomes Court Decision Enforcing Its Secrecy Requirements

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 4:40 pm | Serious Fraud Office

The Serious Fraud Office has welcomed a court decision confirming the confidentiality of material that was inadvertently disclosed by the agency to the defendants in the National Party donations case. The material was disclosed recently during the course ... More >>

Barry Kloogh Gets Lengthy Jail Term For $15.7-million Fraud

Friday, 31 July 2020, 4:09 pm | Serious Fraud Office

A Dunedin Ponzi operator has been sentenced to eight years and ten months’ imprisonment, with a minimum non-parole period of five years and four months. Barry Edward Kloogh (57) who ran a Ponzi scheme for more than 20 years was sentenced today in the Dunedin ... More >>

SFO Commences Investigation In Relation To Labour Party Donations

Monday, 13 July 2020, 6:50 pm | Serious Fraud Office

The Serious Fraud Office has commenced an investigation in relation to donations made to the Labour Party in 2017. The SFO is presently conducting four investigations in relation to electoral funding matters. A fifth matter that the agency investigated ... More >>

Russell Maher Jailed For $1.55 Million Fraud

Monday, 6 July 2020, 6:08 pm | Serious Fraud Office

A foreign exchange broker who defrauded his clients of approximately $1.55 million by using forged documents has been sentenced to three years and four months’ imprisonment. Russell Maher (53) was sentenced today in the Auckland District Court on 47 representative ... More >>

Ex-Defence Force Employee Sentenced For Fraud

Wednesday, 24 June 2020, 4:07 pm | Serious Fraud Office

A former defence force administrator has been sentenced to 12 months’ home detention and 250 hours of community work for stealing funds managed by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) while she was employed by the organisation. Paniparewhakaro Elizabeth ... More >>

Ex-Defence Force Administrator Admits $225,000 Fraud

Wednesday, 20 May 2020, 12:13 pm | Serious Fraud Office

A former defence force employee has pleaded guilty to stealing non-public funds administered by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) while she was employed by the organisation. Paniparewhakaro Elizabeth Rangiuia (60) embezzled approximately $225,000 ... More >>

Accountant Jailed For Defrauding Clients Of $1 Million

Wednesday, 13 May 2020, 11:51 am | Serious Fraud Office

A former chartered accountant has been sentenced to three years and nine months’ imprisonment for stealing approximately $1.01 million from his clients. Christopher George Wright (64) misappropriated refunds from his clients on whose behalf he filed ... More >>

Defendant In Auckland Council Bribery Case Gets Home Detention

Tuesday, 12 May 2020, 11:44 am | Serious Fraud Office

A former Auckland Council employee has been sentenced to five and a half months’ home detention for corrupting a council procurement process for financial gain. Sundeep Dilip Rasila (42) was sentenced today in the Auckland High Court while his co-defendant, ... More >>

Education Consultant Gets Home Detention For $150,000 Fraud

Tuesday, 5 May 2020, 5:29 pm | Serious Fraud Office

A former employee of the tertiary education provider Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi has been sentenced to nine months’ home detention for receiving about $150,000 in kickbacks. Katherine Tuhakaraina (60) was sentenced today in the Tauranga District ... More >>

SFO-led Programme To Safeguard COVID-19 Relief Funds

Friday, 1 May 2020, 11:48 am | Serious Fraud Office

The Serious Fraud Office is working with other government departments to prevent COVID-19 relief funds from being defrauded. The SFO is providing guidance to ensure counter-fraud measures across government are aligned to international best practice ... More >>

Dunedin Ponzi Operator Admits $15.7-million Fraud

Thursday, 12 March 2020, 2:21 pm | Serious Fraud Office

A Dunedin man who ran a Ponzi scheme has admitted defrauding investors of at least $15.7 million. Barry Edward Kloogh (57) pleaded guilty in the Dunedin District Court today to all but one of the charges brought by the Serious Fraud Office. Mr Kloogh ... More >>

Investigations Launched Into Mayoral Elections Donations

Wednesday, 11 March 2020, 4:24 pm | Serious Fraud Office

The Serious Fraud Office has commenced separate investigations into donations made in relation to the Auckland and Christchurch mayoral elections. More >>

Education Consultant Admits Receiving $150,000 In Kickbacks

Tuesday, 3 March 2020, 4:37 pm | Serious Fraud Office

A former employee of the tertiary education provider Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi has admitted receiving secret commissions midway through her trial. Katherine Tuhakaraina (60) pleaded guilty today in the Tauranga District Court to one representative charge ... More >>

SFO To Receive Police File On Auckland Mayor

Friday, 28 February 2020, 3:54 pm | Serious Fraud Office

The Serious Fraud Office has today received a referral from NZ Police in relation to Phil Goff’s election expenses. The SFO will be assessing the matter and has no further comment at this time. More >>

SFO Confirms Receipt Of Police File On Christchurch Mayor

Friday, 28 February 2020, 12:11 pm | Serious Fraud Office

The Serious Fraud Office has received a referral from NZ Police in relation to Lianne Dalziel’s election expenses. The SFO will be assessing the matter and has no further comment at this time. More >>

Ex-council Employee Admits Receiving Kickback

Wednesday, 26 February 2020, 11:18 am | Serious Fraud Office

A former Auckland Council employee has pleaded guilty to a corruption charge brought by the Serious Fraud Office. Sundeep Dilip Rasila (42) today admitted accepting a $7,500 bribe as council employee in the Auckland High Court. Mr Rasila was employed ... More >>

Defendants Plead Not Guilty In National Party Donations Case

Tuesday, 25 February 2020, 11:26 am | Serious Fraud Office

The defendants in the National Party donations case have pleaded not guilty to charges brought by the Serious Fraud Office. The four men entered their pleas today during their first appearance in the Auckland District Court. Yikun Zhang (48), Shijia (Colin) ... More >>

SFO Commences Investigation In Relation To NZ First Foundation

Tuesday, 18 February 2020, 12:05 pm | Serious Fraud Office

The Serious Fraud Office has today commenced an investigation in relation to the New Zealand First Foundation. ENDS More >>

SFO Confirms Receipt Of Police Referral

Thursday, 13 February 2020, 3:48 pm | Serious Fraud Office

The Serious Fraud Office has received a referral from NZ Police in relation to the New Zealand First Foundation. The SFO will be assessing the matter and has no further comment at this time. ENDS More >>

Donna Grant sentenced to home detention

Friday, 7 February 2020, 1:35 pm | Serious Fraud Office

A prominent Māori performing arts educator has been sentenced to 12 months’ home detention for defrauding a tertiary education provider and a Crown agency of approximately $1.3 million. More >>

 

 
 
 
 
 

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