Media releases


Arrests follow joint agency advertising invoice scam operation

25 October 2012
Six people have been arrested, and search warrants or other activities undertaken at over 25 locations in the North and South Islands, in a major joint enforcement agency operation lead by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) with support from the New Zealand Police, the Organised and Financial Crime Agency of New Zealand, the Commerce Commission, New Zealand Customs, and Inland Revenue.
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SFO completes options trading investigation

23 October 2012
The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) today completed its investigation of options trading company Derivatek New Zealand Limited (Derivatek). This has resulted in charges being laid against Gregory Alan Arnott, a 49 year-old option trader. Derivatek traded on behalf of New Zealand clients on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX).
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SFO acts to prevent alleged fraud

25 September 2012
The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) announced today that it has laid 33 charges in the Auckland District Court against Paul Michael Normington (33) and Jin Weifeng (28), for Crimes Act and Secret Commissions Act offences.
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SFO charges financial advisor with $5 million fraud

11 June 2012
The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) today announced it had laid charges in the North Shore District Court against Mr Evan Paul Cherry (54), the sole director (prior to 11 July 2011) of Albany based investment and financial advisors – Investment Solutions Limited, ISL Nominees Limited, Trading Strategies Limited, ISL Strategic Investments Limited, and ISL Strategic Investments 100 Limited.
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Five Star director sentenced following SFO charges

06 June 2012
Anthony Walpole Bowden (71), a former director of Five Star Consumer Finance Limited (Five Star) was sentenced in the Auckland High Court today to nine months home detention and 100 hours community work after pleading guilty to charges arising from a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation.
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Tax agent receives additional sentence

20 March 2012
Ian Victor Petersen, a 62 year-old man from Waikanae, has appeared in the Wellington District Court and was sentenced to an additional six months imprisonment for failing to pay reparation of $110,000 to the victims of his fraud as had been ordered when he was sentenced in March 2011.
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