The Serious Fraud Office is the lead law enforcement agency for investigating and prosecuting serious or complex financial crime, including bribery and corruption.
Our work also includes the investigation and prosecution of instances of corruption and bribery, which make up an increasing volume of our investigations and prosecutions. The SFO investigation teams are made up of investigating lawyers, forensic accountants, investigators, electronic forensic investigators and document management specialists. This team structure is based on the ‘Roskill Model’, which is also used by the UK Serious Fraud Office and is considered international best practice for the type of complex investigations we undertake. The SFO has developed strong technical competence related to forensic accounting, electronic forensics and financial investigations and prosecutions.
We focus on a relatively small number of cases that have a disproportionally high impact on the economy and the financial wellbeing of New Zealanders. We generally have about 30-40 investigations and prosecutions open at any one time. In the case of bribery or corruption, we investigate crimes that could undermine confidence in the public sector or are of significant public interest. Cases are prioritised using criteria that address the scale of the crime and its impact on victims, the complexity and degree of public interest.
We also play a role in preventing financial crime, including corruption. To read more about this please click here.