Oct 29

Money laundering scams target NZ small businesses

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New Zealand small business owners are being warned to watch out for overseas money laundering scams. The latest scam to target honest Kiwis has seen businesses contacted by a fake overseas customer asking to purchase products. However, they pay over the stated amount, and then ask for the excess to be sent to…

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Aug 26

WINZ Manager gets home detention for $194k fraud

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A Work and Income case manager who stole $194,000 from WINZ has been sentenced to home detention. Police executed a search warrant on the home of Laki Scanlan, 42, after the fraud – the second-largest in Work and Income history – was picked up by the ministry’s internal fraud team last year. He…

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Aug 17

Jonathan Kirkpatrick pleads guilty to AUT fraud charges

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Jonathan Kirkpatrick,53, the former chief executive of the AUT Business Innovation Centre has pleaded guilty to defrauding the university of more than half a million dollars. Kirkpatrick resigned after an internal investigation found “accounting discrepencies” totalling $665,000. He pleaded guilty to seven fraud related charges when he appeared in the Auckland District Court…

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Jul 21

Employee sets up false company and steals $500,000

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An employee of a Sydney insurance company set up a fake company complete with a registered name, letterhead and a PO box number to defraud half a million dollars from her employer according to police prosecutors. The woman then allegedly used this company and several false documents to obtain a $720,000 loan to…

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