Cases

Case status guide

Investigation

We'll provide confirmation of investigations when appropriate - usually, this would not be until charges are laid and name suppression is not an issue. There will be some exceptions if the SFO’s involvement is already in the public arena, or if public cooperation is required.

Prosecution

A case reaches prosecution stage when charges are laid. There may be a number of hearings during this stage and name suppression may stay in place. The SFO will announce if guilty pleas are entered. If not, the case will go to trial.

In Trial

Trial dates and locations will be announced when they are available. The SFO will not comment on anything that might compromise a matter that is proceeding through the court.

Current cases

Alpha Support Centre Trust

A Christchurch couple who defrauded a government-funded disability trust of nearly $500,000 have been sentenced.

CBL Insurance Ltd

An investigation relating to CBL Insurance Ltd is ongoing.

Christopher Wright

The SFO alleges that Christopher George Wright filed tax returns on behalf of his clients and misappropriated refunds of about $1.01 million.

Donna Grant

The SFO alleges Donna Grant fraudulently obtained funding from a tertiary education provider and the Tertiary Education Commission.

Forestlands NZ Ltd

An investigation relating to Forestlands NZ Ltd is ongoing.

Kelvin Clive Wood

An Auckland man who operated a foreign exchange brokerage and trading business has been charged with fraud.

Parengarenga 3G Trust

Stephen Henare has pleaded not guilty to defrauding Parengarenga 3G Trust of about $1.1 million.

Roger Pikia

An investigation relating to Roger Pikia is ongoing.

Russell Angus Maher

An investigation into the affairs of Russell Angus Maher of Forex Brokers Limited is ongoing.

The Project

Two former employees of a charity that offered domestic violence prevention services for Pacific Islanders have been charged.

Vivek Goel

An investigation relating to Vivek Goel is ongoing.

Wallace Te Ahuru

Wallace Tamamotu Te Ahuru has pleaded guilty to defrauding Waitangi National Trust of $1.2 million.