Civil proceedings initiated relating to bribery and corruption charges

Civil proceedings initiated relating to bribery and corruption charges

Auckland City

Please attribute to Detective Senior Sergeant Chris Allan.

The Commissioner of Police initiated civil proceedings last week against a 53-year-old man and his wife for his criminal activities relating to bribery and corruption.

The proceedings come after the successful Serious Fraud Office prosecution of several peoples associated with Auckland Transport.

Police initiated civil proceedings under the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act 2009 and have obtained restraining orders from the High Court in respect of $8.6 million.  The sum comprises property including freehold real estate in Mt Eden, a commercial property and a beach house in the Coromandel, bank account proceeds and motor vehicles including a 2015 Mercedes, Jeep Cherokee and a classic Ford Fairlane.

“Material benefits that have been derived from a corrupt relationship are ‘proceeds of crime’, plain and simple. The Commissioner of Police will investigate these instances and look to remove the unlawful benefits from those who engage in significant criminal activity,” said Detective Senior Sergeant Chris Allan of the Northern Asset Recovery Unit.

”This investigation is another great example of the joint Government approach in relation to proceeds of crime with the New Zealand Police, Serious Fraud Office and Auckland Transport working closely together. It also highlights how effective the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act can be applied not only to drugs, cash and firearms instances, but top end financial crime that also negatively impacts on our community and New Zealand’s financial reputation”.

ENDS

Monique Caddy/NZ Police