Media releases

2013

Guilty plea in LWR fraud

14 October 2013
Kenneth James Anderson (66) has entered guilty pleas in the Christchurch District Court today to charges laid by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO). The charges arose out of the collapse of Canterbury clothing manufacturer, Lane Walker Rudkin Industries (LWR) in 2009
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Joint investigation results in charges for SPG

05 September 2013
Following a joint investigation into the activities of Auckland based company Strategic Planning Group Limited (SPG), the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) have laid charges against former financial adviser Andrew Hrothgar Robinson (40).
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Corruption investigation leads to SFO charges

03 September 2013
Peter John Scutts (58) has appeared in the Auckland District Court today to face 16 Crimes Act charges of dishonestly using a document and one Secret Commissions Act charge of receiving secret reward for procuring contracts. The charges have been laid by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).
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David Ross pleads guilty

29 August 2013
Wellington financial adviser David Robert Gilmour Ross (63) today pleaded guilty in the Wellington District Court to charges laid by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and the Financial Markets Authority (FMA).
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Charges laid today against David Ross

13 June 2013
Charges have today been laid in the Wellington District Court against David Robert Gilmour Ross (63). The charges laid by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) allege he operated a $400 million Ponzi scheme. They follow a joint agency investigation between SFO and the Financial Markets Authority (FMA).
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Director sentenced for theft and false statements

07 June 2013
Stephen Charles Smith (45), a former director of failed finance company Belgrave Finance Limited (Belgrave Finance), has today been sentenced to four years’ imprisonment. The sentence follows a joint prosecution by the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) and the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).
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Dominion CEO sentenced

23 May 2013
The former CEO of Dominion Finance Group Limited (Dominion) and North South Finance Limited (North South) was today sentenced in relation to four Crimes Act charges laid by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) arising out of the collapse those companies.
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SFO concludes finance company investigations

30 April 2013
The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has completed its investigation of Hanover Finance Limited, bringing to an end its investigations into the 2007/08 finance company collapses. That process, which saw SFO investigate 15 separate companies, resulted in criminal prosecutions in relation to nine companies. Overall, 23 individuals have faced charges laid by SFO.
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Another finance company director held to account

17 April 2013
Stephen Charles Smith (45), pleaded guilty at the Auckland High Court today to 25 charges arising out of the collapse of Belgrave Finance Limited (Belgrave Finance). The charges were brought in a joint prosecution by the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) and the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).
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Senior Executive of failed Dominion Finance guilty

12 April 2013
Paul William Cropp (49) has today been found guilty of four Crimes Act charges laid by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO). The charges relate to failed finance companies Dominion Finance Group Limited (Dominion) and North South Finance Limited (North South). Both companies were wholly owned subsidiaries of NZX listed Dominion Finance Holdings Limited.
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