A Serious Fraud Office probe into one of New Zealand's
largest privately owned construction companies - which
involved raids on two premises and the seizure of computers -
has been closed with no prosecution brought.
Five former clients who lent money to Dunedin lawyer John
Milne have come forward to consider joining a recently
launched "affected persons register".
The Serious Fraud Office is investigating a potential fraud
which could involve more than $250 million.
The Serious Fraud Office has charged former Lane Walker
Rudkin Industries (LWR) director Ken Anderson with 82 counts
of fraud involving $118 million.
Police and the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) are investigating
allegations of employee fraud at one of New Zealand's oldest
friendly societies, the Hibernian Catholic Benefit Society.
A Kapiti Coast accountant pleaded guilty today to fraud
amounting to more than $2 million.
The Serious Fraud Office said yesterday it had been
conducting an investigation into Hanover Finance for the past
three months and it had reasonable grounds to believe fraud
might have been committed.
The Serious Fraud Office will not be laying charges against
the group of failed Blue Chip companies - a decision likely
to anger more than 2000 investors owed more than $80 million.
The Serious Fraud Office
yesterday executed search warrants in Auckland on WSD Global
Markets Ltd, a New Zealand stock exchange-accredited futures
and options company.
The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) says it will give urgent
priority to its investigation into allegations of corruption
against a former ACC staff member.
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