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  • $127.5 million tax mistake that can't be undone

    $127.5 million tax mistake that can't be undone

    Bank of New Zealand and other secured creditors in two collapsed forestry companies can't reclaim $127.5m that was paid to Inland Revenue by a partnership owned by the companies, the Supreme Court has ruled. The forestry firms' receivers, Michael Stiassny and Grant Graham, authorised the payment because they wrongly feared they might have been liable for the GST had they withheld the money. The forestry firms, Forestry Corporation of New Zealand and CITIC, formed a partnership, the Central No...
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  • Hart decision hidden by judge’s justice 'tax'

    Hart decision hidden by judge’s justice 'tax'


    A High Court judge has imposed a rare "justice tax" on a decision involving struck-off lawyer Barry Hart’s bank battles.To get a copy of his reserved judgment in a case involving Mr Hart and ANZ Bank, Associate Judge David Abbott ordered media to pay a fee of $36.30. The judge this week issued his decision to Mr Hart and the bank, and to commercial legal publications, but not to the public. NBR ONLINE earlier reported the case in court and in the normal course of events requested ...
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  • Notorious Hawke's Bay fraudster freed

    Notorious Hawke's Bay fraudster freed



    Disgraced former Waipawa accountant Warren Pickett is being released from prison today after a minimum non-parole period of three years and four months, for two decades of deceit in which he robbed more than 200 friends and other trusting clients of up to $20 million.


    Sentenced in 2009 to five years, to serve a minimum of two thirds, the former Justice of the Peace and prominent member of the Central Hawke's Bay community became eligible to be considered for early...
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  • NZ bank practices 'predatory'

    NZ bank practices 'predatory'

    An Australian consumer rights activist claims New Zealand banks used predatory lending practices to profit from widespread mortgage fraud. Denise Brailey has sparked calls for a royal commission into the Australian banking sector on the same issue, and hopes to head to New Zealand this year to continue her crusade. Addressing the Australian senate this month, she outlined the systematic abuse of “low-doc” loans during the pre-financial-crisis property boom. Brailey has documents alleging the ...
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  • Fraudulent accountants Skinner and Rowley declared bankrupt

    Fraudulent accountants Skinner and Rowley declared bankrupt

    Fraudulent Wellington accountants Barrie James Skinner and David Ingram Rowley have today been bankrupted. The pair were found guilty earlier this month on more than 100 charges of fraud, tax avoidance and attempting to pervert the course of justice. A scheme involving false invoices and a trail of "shell" entities was set up in September 2005, the invoices being for services which were never provided or, if they were, they were provided at a value much lower than that recorded on the invoice...
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  • Malcolm Duncan Mayer “the 50 million swindle"

    Malcolm Duncan Mayer “the 50 million swindle"


    Malcolm Duncan Mayer : Serious Fraud Office Case No 1735

    Background

    After assessing a complaint in relation to an alleged mortgage fraud, the Director started an investigation into Mr Malcolm Mayer under Part II of the Serious Fraud Office Act on 28 July 2008. This investigation has been completed and Mr Mayer has been charged with 26 counts of dishonestly using a document, 26 counts of obtaining by deception and 10 counts of using forged documents. The charges relate to loan applications and m...
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  • $127.5 million tax mistake that can't be undone
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    Bank of New Zealand and other secured creditors in two collapsed forestry companies can't reclaim $127.5m that was paid to Inland Revenue by a partnership owned by the companies, the Supreme Court has ruled. The forestry firms' receivers, Michael Stiassny and Grant Graham, authorised the payment because they wrongly feared they might have been liable for the GST had they withheld the money. The forestry firms, Forestry Corporation of New Zealand and CITIC, formed a partnership, the Central No...
    29-11-2012, 09:31 AM
  • Hart decision hidden by judge’s justice 'tax'
    by admin

    A High Court judge has imposed a rare "justice tax" on a decision involving struck-off lawyer Barry Hart’s bank battles.To get a copy of his reserved judgment in a case involving Mr Hart and ANZ Bank, Associate Judge David Abbott ordered media to pay a fee of $36.30. The judge this week issued his decision to Mr Hart and the bank, and to commercial legal publications, but not to the public. NBR ONLINE earlier reported the case in court and in the normal course of events requested ...
    02-11-2012, 11:22 PM
  • Notorious Hawke's Bay fraudster freed
    by admin


    Disgraced former Waipawa accountant Warren Pickett is being released from prison today after a minimum non-parole period of three years and four months, for two decades of deceit in which he robbed more than 200 friends and other trusting clients of up to $20 million.


    Sentenced in 2009 to five years, to serve a minimum of two thirds, the former Justice of the Peace and prominent member of the Central Hawke's Bay community became eligible to be considered for early...
    29-08-2012, 02:15 PM
  • NZ bank practices 'predatory'
    by admin
    An Australian consumer rights activist claims New Zealand banks used predatory lending practices to profit from widespread mortgage fraud. Denise Brailey has sparked calls for a royal commission into the Australian banking sector on the same issue, and hopes to head to New Zealand this year to continue her crusade. Addressing the Australian senate this month, she outlined the systematic abuse of “low-doc” loans during the pre-financial-crisis property boom. Brailey has documents alleging the ...
    25-08-2012, 01:12 PM
  • Fraudulent accountants Skinner and Rowley declared bankrupt
    by admin
    Fraudulent Wellington accountants Barrie James Skinner and David Ingram Rowley have today been bankrupted. The pair were found guilty earlier this month on more than 100 charges of fraud, tax avoidance and attempting to pervert the course of justice. A scheme involving false invoices and a trail of "shell" entities was set up in September 2005, the invoices being for services which were never provided or, if they were, they were provided at a value much lower than that recorded on the invoice...
    31-07-2012, 04:05 PM
  • Malcolm Duncan Mayer “the 50 million swindle"
    by admin

    Malcolm Duncan Mayer : Serious Fraud Office Case No 1735

    Background

    After assessing a complaint in relation to an alleged mortgage fraud, the Director started an investigation into Mr Malcolm Mayer under Part II of the Serious Fraud Office Act on 28 July 2008. This investigation has been completed and Mr Mayer has been charged with 26 counts of dishonestly using a document, 26 counts of obtaining by deception and 10 counts of using forged documents. The charges relate to loan applications and m...
    12-07-2012, 06:28 PM
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