Case Notes

Not all current investigations or prosecutions are covered by these Case Notes. Cases may be excluded for a variety of reasons including:

  • Name suppression may have been ordered by the Court;
  • The investigation may be confidential to assist with preservation of evidence or cooperation from possible witnesses;
  • A matter may be the subject of a joint investigation with other domestic or international law enforcement agencies who have requested confidentiality.

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Belgrave Finance Limited : 11-02

Belgrave Finance Limited traded as a finance company offering property loans and accepting deposits from the public. The Company was placed into receivership on 28 May 2008 owing approximately 1000 public investors approximately $20 million. The receivers anticipate a recovery of around 21c in the dollar. Losses to the public are anticipated to be in excess of $15 million.

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Glenn William Cooper: 12-11

Having previously carried out an investigation into Mr Cooper in 2010 that did not lead to any charges being laid, in October 2011 the SFO received further complaints regarding Mr Cooper. These complaints alleged an additional method of offending from that previously investigated and a new investigation was commenced on 31 October 2011.

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Grant Herbert and others : 11-24

After considering complaints received relating to an alleged shortfall in the Insurance broking client account of Herbert Insurance Group Limited, the Director determined that there were reasonable grounds to believe that an offence involving serious or complex fraud may have been committed.

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Investment Solutions Limited: 11-34

After considering complaints initially directed to the Securities Commission (pre Financial Markets Authority) together with financial analysis and referral to the Serious Fraud Office, the Director determined that there were reasonable grounds to believe that an offence involving serious or complex fraud may have been committed. An investigation under Part II of the Serious Fraud Office Act was commenced on 8 June 2011.

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Malcolm Duncan Mayer : 1735

After assessing a complaint in relation to an alleged mortgage fraud, the Director started an investigation into Mr Malcolm Mayer under Part II of the Serious Fraud Office Act on 28 July 2008.

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Natural Dairy Land Transactions : 11-09

In September 2009 Natural Dairy (NZ) Holdings Limited (Natural Dairy), a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, made an announcement giving details of its plan to purchase the New Zealand farm assets of the Crafar family. After consulting with, and receiving information from, other agencies, the Director suspected that an investigation into the Natural Dairy land transactions may disclose evidence of serious or complex fraud. An investigation under part I of the Serious Fraud Office Act was commenced on 23 September 2010.

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Rockforte Finance Limited : 11-17

Rockforte Finance Limited issued debt securities to the public and used the proceeds to make loans secured mainly over imported second hand motor vehicles. After considering information obtained by SFO from the receiver of the company, the Director determined that there were reasonable grounds to believe that an offence involving serious or complex fraud may have been committed. An investigation under part II of the Serious Fraud Office Act was commenced on 6 December 2010.

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South Canterbury Finance : 11-12

South Canterbury Finance Limited (SCF) was placed into receivership on 31 August 2010 owing approximately $1.8 billion. As the company participated in the crown retail deposit guarantee scheme, any eventual loss will be borne by the crown.

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