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.

We are also bound by the Crown Law Office “Media Protocol for Prosecutors” that recommends that the name of a person charged should not be released until they have appeared in Court (and have had an opportunity to apply for name suppression).

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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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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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