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  • Jailed tax accountants to appeal

    Jailed tax accountants to appeal

    The two Wellington accountants who were last year handed the longest jail terms in a New Zealand tax case are appealing their convictions, claiming Inland Revenue trained their clients in evidence against them. David Ingram Rowley and Barrie James Skinner were last year jailed for eight and eight-and-a-half years respectively, after Justice Kos found them guilty on dozens of charges of fraud, tax evasion and attempting to pervert the course of justice. During sentencing Justice Kos also said the pai...
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  • Petty drug users fill jails

    Petty drug users fill jails

    Smoking cannabis is no worse than eating junk food or gambling, according to a new report by an independent panel of experts. The UK Drug Policy Commission, which has been researching drug use for six years, believes people who grow a small number of cannabis plants should be treated leniently. In New Zealand, hundreds of people are locked up for petty drug offences every year - many for crimes our top legal body says should not exist. Justice Ministry figures show a significant amount of court t...
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  • Mark Lundy launches Privy Council appeal

    Mark Lundy launches Privy Council appeal

    Mark Lundy has applied to London's Privy Council seeking permission to appeal his convictions and is represented by high-profile lawyer David Hislop, QC. Lundy is serving a life sentence with a non-parole period of 20 years after a jury found him guilty of killing his wife Christine and daughter Amber, 7, in a frenzied attack in their Palmerston North home in August 2000. Two years later he was sentenced to a minimum of 17 years, but that was increased by the Court of Appeal after both Lundy ...
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  • Judge calls Banks to court over donations

    Judge calls Banks to court over donations

    ACT leader John Banks could be forced to answer questions in court over the Kim Dotcom donations saga. A judge has summoned Mr Banks to appear in Wellington District Court next month, after retired accountant Graham McCready launched a private prosecution on a charge of knowingly filing a false election return. District Court judge Ian Mill ruled there was enough evidence to allow the action. Police will now serve Mr Banks with a summons to appear on December 11. The offence carries a maximum p...
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  • Crewe cops accused of conspiracy

    Crewe cops accused of conspiracy

    The brother of Arthur Allan Thomas has filed a formal complaint with police over the actions of detectives investigating the murders of Harvey and Jeanette Crewe. Des Thomas said he wanted police to open a formal investigation into claims against officers who worked on the original inquiry. He said he was unable to escape the impact the inquiry had on his family in the 42 years that had passed since the couple were murdered at their Waikato home - a killing for which his brother Arthur was twice c...
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  • Taito Phillip Field blames gay and lesbian cabal for conviction

    Taito Phillip Field blames gay and lesbian cabal for conviction

    Taito Phillip Field yesterday claimed that that a gay and lesbian cabal in the Labour Party contrived to get him removed from the party because of his uncompromising stand on moral issues. “I wouldn’t budge because I stood by my Christian beliefs and I opposed things like civil unions, homosexual rights, abortion and the anti-smacking legislation.“ And I think this became intolerable for them and when this thing blew up with the Thais and immigration issues I believe some political figures saw a...
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  • Jacqui Bradley guilty of defrauding $15 million

    Jacqui Bradley guilty of defrauding $15 million


    A former financial adviser has been found guilty of defrauding $15 million from investors in a Ponzi-style scheme.
    The Serious Fraud Office took the case against Jacqui Bradley after receiving complaints from investors.Nick Paterson, the SFO's general manager for fraud and corruption, says investors believed they were investing in safe stocks and government bonds when the money was being used to pay back other debts. "Ultimately, these operations must fall apart - there sim...
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  • Hit and run witness slams judge

    Hit and run witness slams judge

    A witness who saw a man run over after a road-rage incident is outraged by the comments of a judge and the sentence imposed on the offending driver. Giampiero De Falco contacted the Weekend Herald after reading the comments of Auckland District Court Judge Raoul Neave in sentencing Guy Hallwright. Mr De Falco, who comforted Sung Jin Kim after he was run over, said the sentence and justifications for it were infuriating."He [Mr Kim] was screaming. I was in it until the ambulance came. I was there from ...
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  • 'Self-interest and greed' earn record jail terms

    'Self-interest and greed' earn record jail terms


    Three businessmen found guilty of one of New Zealand's worst finance company frauds have been jailed, with the judge calling them greedy and lacking commercial morality.
    Former directors of failed finance company Capital + Merchant Neal Nicholls, Wayne Douglas and Owen Tallentire appeared in the Auckland High Court on Friday. The Serious Fraud Office has said the men engaged in deeply cynical transactions, fooling 7500 debenture holders, who lost everything. In November 2007,...
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  • Director jailed for theft, false statements

    Director jailed for theft, false statements

    Former Belgrave Finance director Shane Joseph Buckley has been jailed for three years on a variety of charges including theft and making false statements. Buckley, 44, who was sentenced in the Auckland District Court today, pleaded guilty in May to 19 charges laid by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) of theft by a person in a special relationship, and four charges of making false statements under the Crimes Act. He also admitted one Securities Act charge of making an untrue statement ...
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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, 01:04 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
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    07-04-2014, 08:45 PM
  • Justice Department "fixes" trial of court employee
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    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, 01:38 PM
  • Wellington foodbank investigated for fraud
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    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...
    28-02-2014, 11:27 PM
  • Judge's decision causes outrage
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    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, 01:31 PM
  • John Banks faces court over mayoral donations
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    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, 10:28 AM
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