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  • 29 Apr 2021 7:30 PM | Kim Wheeler (Administrator)

    With money laundering prosecutions on the rise and about $1.35billion laundered through businesses annually as a result of fraud, illegal drugs, tax evasion and other crimes, is New Zealand enforcement doing enough?

    The Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is the global money laundering and terrorist financing watchdog, setting standards for more than 200 countries and jurisdictions to help authorities combat serious crime including drug smuggling, human trafficking and terrorism.

    FATF reports identify what countries are doing right - and where they need to improve - in relation to anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing frameworks.

    The watchdog released its 2020 report in to New Zealand on Thursday, finding it had achieved notable results tackling money laundering, however there is room for improvement.

    Read the full article here.

  • 27 Mar 2021 7:51 PM | Kim Wheeler (Administrator)

    A Gisborne farmer who submitted false invoices for more than $133 million over four years has been convicted in New Zealand’s largest tax fraud case.

    John Richard Bracken, 54, ran the scam through his company Bracken Enterprises Ltd, which led to him receiving $17.4 million in GST refunds that he was not entitled to.

    Read the full article here.

  • 24 Mar 2021 12:00 PM | Kim Wheeler (Administrator)

    CERT NZ’s latest report, released today, shows a 65% increase in reports of cyber security incidents over the past year, with an associated $16.9 million in direct financial losses.

    Read the full article here.

  • 22 Feb 2021 11:03 AM | Kim Wheeler (Administrator)

    Interpol, on Tuesday 9 February 2021, issued a global alert for a New Zealand banker wanted by Germany in connection with a massive tax fraud scheme.

    The agency based in Lyon, France, posted a 'red notice' on its website seeking information on the whereabouts of 53-year-old Paul Robert Mora, who is suspected of facilitating and concealing fraudulent transactions worth more than 113 million euros ($190 million).

    Read the entire NZ Herald article here

  • 29 Jan 2021 10:00 AM | Kim Wheeler (Administrator)

    A Tauranga man thought he had turned $3000 into $31,000 in just weeks through cryptocurrency, but he now knows he’ll never see a cent of it.

    Bruce Harding believes he has fallen foul of a pushy cryptocurrency scam that took him for thousands of dollars but could have cost him more had he not stopped.

    CERT NZ, warns scams involving cryptocurrency or fake traders are becoming more and more common in New Zealand.

    Harding is sharing his misadventure in the hopes others do not fall into the same trap. Read the full article here.

  • 22 Dec 2020 4:00 PM | Kim Wheeler (Administrator)

    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) has welcomed two court decisions that will see victims of convicted fraudsters Steven Robertson and Rodney McCall receive a portion of their money back. Mr McCall has also been sentenced to 12 months’ home detention for his crimes.

    See the full media release here

  • 16 Dec 2020 4:00 PM | Kim Wheeler (Administrator)

    The Serious Fraud Office has brought fraud charges against Roger Pikia, the chairman of Te Arawa River Iwi Trust (TARIT) and its investment company THL Limited (THL).

    Mr Pikia (52) did not enter a plea when he appeared in the Auckland District Court today. He is charged with ‘Obtaining by deception’, ‘Corrupt acceptance of gift by an agent’, ‘Receiving a secret reward for procuring a contract’, ‘Perverting the course of justice’ and ‘Conspiracy to commit an offence’. 

    See full SFO Media Release here

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