Fraud and other 'white collar' crimes'.

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A Wellington businessman jailed over an almost $10 million fraud will not be allowed a second appeal against his sentence.  Former E-Gas director Ronald Rosenberg, 73, was last year sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay reparation of $400,000 for his part in the fraud.

Gas company director denied second appeal over $10m fraud

An Invercargill woman who ripped off the Government for about 20 years by pretending her partner was a boarder has been convicted on multiple counts of fraud.  The woman, in her 60s, was granted interim name suppression on Monday after Judge Mark Callaghan found her guilty on 15 charges of using a document to obtain pecuniary advantage.

Invercargill woman guilty of $78k benefit fraud

The liquidators for Ross Asset Management will also appeal a High Court decision ordering an investor to pay back "fictitious" profits he withdrew from New Zealand's biggest Ponzi scheme.  In June, Wellington Lawyer Hamish McIntosh was ordered to repay $454,000 in profit he withdrawn before Ross Asset Management (RAM) failed, keeping his original capital.

Ross Asset Management liquidators counter Hamish McIntosh profits appeal

A financial adviser has been sentenced to six years in prison for stealing more than $3 million of his clients' investments.  In May Andrew Robinson, 42, the principal of Auckland mortgage broking and insurance firm Strategic Planning Group, pleaded guilty to four charges of theft by a person in a special relationship, one of improperly dealing with funds and one charge of fraudulently using a document.

Financial adviser Andrew Robinson sentenced to six years in prison

A bankrupt former financial adviser has been sentenced to six years in jail this morning for stealing more than $3 million in what prosecutors called an "extensive, premediated theft" from trusting clients.  Andrew Hrothgar Robinson, 42, pleaded guilty in May to five charges of theft by a person in a special relationship and one charge of dishonestly using a document.

Thieving financial adviser sentenced

Two of three men facing bribery and corruption charges over Auckland roading contracts worth more than $1 million have pleaded not guilty.  Stephen James Borlase, Barrie Kenneth James George and another man with interim name suppression are facing the charges brought against them by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).

Not guilty pleas in Auckland council roading bribery case

A major probe into post-earthquake fraud in Christchurch has ended with a rebuild contractor being cleared of wrongdoing.  Serious Fraud Office (SFO) staff searched the Woolston headquarters of Maincom NZ in February last year as they scrutinised multiple transactions relating to projects carried out by the company.

Serious Fraud Office clears Christchurch rebuild firm

A Nelson man described as the "mastermind" behind an A$30 million "Ponzi" scheme has agreed to never again direct a New Zealand company.  David John Hobbs has also agreed to not provide financial advice or brokering services in this country.

Ponzi schemer agrees never to be a director in NZ again

A woman is due to appear in court next week charged with ripping off a Christchurch rebuild firm.  Police allege the 40-year-old office administrator had access to the company's accounts and defrauded it of $107,000 over two years.
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Christchurch woman accused of stealing $107,000 from rebuild firm

A lawyer who was ordered to repay $454,000 in "fictitious" profits withdrawn before Ross Asset Management failed is appealing the decision.  At least 700 investors were fleeced by the biggest Ponzi scheme in New Zealand history, but some walked away with large profits before it collapsed.

Ross Asset Management investor appeals clawback decision

Former New Zealand Wine Company chief executive Peter Scutts will serve a sentence of 8 months' home detention after being found to have taken almost $65,000 in kickbacks.  Scutts, who is 59 and a former boss of the Auckland Blues rugby franchise, will serve that sentence at an undisclosed address.

Former Blues boss sentenced

A former central Auckland medical practice owner has been charged with ripping off the Ministry of Health for hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Dr Judith Heather Gill appeared in the Auckland District Court on Tuesday charged with 165 counts of obtaining public health funding for patients who were overseas or classed as ineligible.

Auckland GP faces165 counts of fraud

An employee from supply chain Zip Plumbing Plus took $1.42 million from the business over four years by writing cheques to herself, a jury has been told.  A Wellington District Court jury began hearing the fraud trial of Suzanne Marie Davies, 60, who pleaded not guilty to 300 charges of dishonestly using cheques from Tawa Plumbing Warehouse trading as Zip Plumbing and one charge of failing to deal with funds as required between 2008 and 2012.

Charges of $1.42 million cheque fraud for former Zip Plumbing employee

Two well-known Tauranga motor racing identities are accused of defrauding ACC over a period of 12 years.  Grant and Lorraine Brennan, whose judge-alone trial began in Tauranga District Court yesterday have denied 88 charges of dishonestly using a document to obtain a pecuniary advantage.

Motor racing identities deny ACC fraud charges

A Marlborough couple have been convicted of ripping off taxpayers by almost $50,000.  Renwick couple John Trevor McLeish, 43, and Tracey Michelle McLeish, 33, appeared in the Blenheim District Court on Tuesday.

Marlborough couple convicted of benefit fraud

A woman who has paid over $12,000 reparation to a bank she stole from was sentenced to four months home detention in the Christchurch District Court.  Michelle Kay Portland, 46, was a services consultant for ANZ bank for three years. She was taking money out of the fast deposits she was meant to be processing.

Woman repays $12,000 stolen from bank