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  • Financial Markets Authority Duped by Ponzi Scammer

    Financial Markets Authority Duped by Ponzi Scammer

    New Zealand has a horrible history of ponzi schemers. In five of the last nine years, ponzi schemers have been banged up in jail as a result of their scams. Now a Financial Markets Authority analyst has been charged with forging a glowing academic record to get his job and then stealing nearly $210,000 in a Ponzi-type scheme. Benjamin Anthony Kiro is alleged to have convinced women he met on online dating sites such as Tinder, or businessmen introduced to him by associates, to invest in companies ...
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  • Judge rules Banks to stand trial

    Judge rules Banks to stand trial





    A judge at the High Court in Auckland has rejected an application from ACT Party MP John Banks to review a decision to charge him with making a false electoral return.


    The Associate Education Minister is to be tried on a charge of making a false return following his failed campaign for the Auckland mayoralty in 2010. The charges against Mr Banks were initially brought by retired accountant Graham McCready after the police refused to file charges
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  • Justice Department "fixes" trial of court employee

    Justice Department "fixes" trial of court employee


    Last week, on a quiet Monday afternoon in the Porirua District Court, Judge Arthur Tompkins dealt with a case that up until recently would have been put to a jury to decide whether or not the Crown had proven its case. Now days, an offence has to attract a penalty of 2 or more years imprisonment before an accused is entitled to request a jury trial. Judge Tompkins was called in from Hamilton to preside over the trial because of the difficulty in finding a Wellington judge who did not know ...
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  • Wellington foodbank investigated for fraud

    Wellington foodbank investigated for fraud

    A Wellington foodbank is being investigated for fraud, after it was deemed to be involved in "serious wrongdoing".
    The Wellington Foodbank Service - not associated with the one run by the Wellington City Mission - has also now been stripped of its charitable status, with the Department of Internal Affairs advising major donors not to hand over more money.

    The bulk of existing donations appear to be have disappeared, as liquidators find the charity's bank accounts emptied and almost...
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  • Judge's decision causes outrage

    Judge's decision causes outrage


    A prominent Tauranga professional has avoided a criminal conviction and had his identity kept secret after admitting he assaulted his young son during a dispute over a cellphone and iPod.The middle-aged man was discharged without conviction despite pleading guilty to a common assault charge when he appeared in Tauranga District Court yesterday. Judge Josephine Bouchier also granted the man permanent name suppression. The man's former partner last night told the Bay of Plenty Times she...
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  • John Banks faces court over mayoral donations

    John Banks faces court over mayoral donations

    Act Party leader John Banks will be summonsed to court to face a private prosecution over his failure to record donations to his mayoralty campaign.Judge Ian Mill, in a decision released today, said there was sufficient evidence to call Mr Banks before the court. "Access to the courts for the purposes of private prosecutions is an important safeguard against the abuses of the executive's prosecutorial discretion ..." Judge Mill said.The private prosecution has been brought by retired Wel...
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  • Help for wrongly convicted

    Help for wrongly convicted

    A leading forensic scientist is launching a charity for people who have been wrongly convicted. Dr Anna Sandiford, an expert defence adviser at the 2009 acquittal of murder accused David Bain, has held initial talks with well-placed supporters such as lawyers, legal academics and professional investigators. Auckland-based Sandiford said that she plans to launch the organisation this year, fearing outdated legal processes and cuts in legal aid funding are leading to a rising number of wrongful impr...
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  • Economic crime costs NZ billions each year

    Economic crime costs NZ billions each year

    White collar frauds and economic crime costs the country billions of dollars each year, government officials have concluded. Minister for the Serious Fraud Office Anne Tolley said many Ministries had been working for two years on a "Cost of Economic Crime" report that was due to be presented to cabinet soon. Tolley, speaking at the inaugural Economic Crime Action Network meeting in Auckland yesterday, said: "Economic crime can range from pro forma invoicing schemes that drain the resourc...
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  • Sex offender bailed by Judge Raoul Neave flees to OZ

    Sex offender bailed by Judge Raoul Neave flees to OZ

    A man with an "appalling" list of convictions has cut off his electronic bracelet and fled to Australia before he could face trial on sex charges.The 42-year-old was due to go on trial in Greymouth this week but police told the judge they believed he was now in Sydney. They were trying to find him, but the trial had to be aborted on Monday. Last night, police were unable to say how the man could have left New Zealand, and the Sensible Sentencing Trust decried the decision to grant him bail in th...
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  • Cops on the wrong side of the law

    Cops on the wrong side of the law

    At least 67 police staff have been arrested in the past three years while serving on the force. Some of the charges include dealing LSD, assault, drink-driving and theft. The Police Association say even one arrest was too many. In the year to August, 10 police staff - sworn and non-sworn - had been arrested on charges including assault with a blunt instrument, theft of property under $500, theft of a motor vehicle and drink driving. The districts which led the criminal behaviour were Canterb...
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  • Financial Markets Authority Duped by Ponzi Scammer
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    New Zealand has a horrible history of ponzi schemers. In five of the last nine years, ponzi schemers have been banged up in jail as a result of their scams. Now a Financial Markets Authority analyst has been charged with forging a glowing academic record to get his job and then stealing nearly $210,000 in a Ponzi-type scheme. Benjamin Anthony Kiro is alleged to have convinced women he met on online dating sites such as Tinder, or businessmen introduced to him by associates, to invest in companies ...
    19-09-2015, 02:04 PM
  • Judge rules Banks to stand trial
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    A judge at the High Court in Auckland has rejected an application from ACT Party MP John Banks to review a decision to charge him with making a false electoral return.


    The Associate Education Minister is to be tried on a charge of making a false return following his failed campaign for the Auckland mayoralty in 2010. The charges against Mr Banks were initially brought by retired accountant Graham McCready after the police refused to file charges
    ...
    07-04-2014, 09:45 PM
  • Justice Department "fixes" trial of court employee
    by admin

    Last week, on a quiet Monday afternoon in the Porirua District Court, Judge Arthur Tompkins dealt with a case that up until recently would have been put to a jury to decide whether or not the Crown had proven its case. Now days, an offence has to attract a penalty of 2 or more years imprisonment before an accused is entitled to request a jury trial. Judge Tompkins was called in from Hamilton to preside over the trial because of the difficulty in finding a Wellington judge who did not know ...
    05-03-2014, 02:38 PM
  • Wellington foodbank investigated for fraud
    by admin
    A Wellington foodbank is being investigated for fraud, after it was deemed to be involved in "serious wrongdoing".
    The Wellington Foodbank Service - not associated with the one run by the Wellington City Mission - has also now been stripped of its charitable status, with the Department of Internal Affairs advising major donors not to hand over more money.

    The bulk of existing donations appear to be have disappeared, as liquidators find the charity's bank accounts emptied and almost...
    01-03-2014, 12:27 AM
  • Judge's decision causes outrage
    by admin

    A prominent Tauranga professional has avoided a criminal conviction and had his identity kept secret after admitting he assaulted his young son during a dispute over a cellphone and iPod.The middle-aged man was discharged without conviction despite pleading guilty to a common assault charge when he appeared in Tauranga District Court yesterday. Judge Josephine Bouchier also granted the man permanent name suppression. The man's former partner last night told the Bay of Plenty Times she...
    31-05-2013, 02:31 PM
  • John Banks faces court over mayoral donations
    by admin
    Act Party leader John Banks will be summonsed to court to face a private prosecution over his failure to record donations to his mayoralty campaign.Judge Ian Mill, in a decision released today, said there was sufficient evidence to call Mr Banks before the court. "Access to the courts for the purposes of private prosecutions is an important safeguard against the abuses of the executive's prosecutorial discretion ..." Judge Mill said.The private prosecution has been brought by retired Wel...
    19-04-2013, 11:28 AM
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