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Posted 28 February 2011 - 04:46 PM

I see in the NBR a businessman has been named in relation to "corruption" within ACC.
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Posted 28 February 2011 - 05:01 PM

Full details here

http://whaleoil.gotc...o-for-the-team/
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Posted 28 February 2011 - 05:57 PM

Well now, seems that another of the tight six has, or is cur­rently tak­ing one for the team. Greg Hutt has lost his bid for con­tin­ued name sup­pres­sion. NBR and Jock Ander­son has the story behind the paywall.

Name sup­pres­sion has been lifted on busi­ness­man Greg Alexan­der Hutt, a sec­ond accused in a Seri­ous Fraud Office probe into Acci­dent Com­pen­sa­tion Cor­po­ra­tion prop­erty corruption.

Mr Hutt, owner of Wellington-based Hi-Tech Com­mer­cial Inte­ri­ors, which did fitouts for ACC offices, lost a Welling­ton High Court appeal for con­tin­ued sup­pres­sion of his name.

Ear­lier this month ACC national prop­erty man­ager Mal­colm David Mason (50), who worked for ACC for 32 years, admit­ted two Crimes Act and one Secret Com­mis­sions Act charges, relat­ing to an ACC office build­ing in Nelson.

Mr Hutt faces three charges alleg­ing cor­rupt secret com­mis­sions aris­ing from a pay­ment allegedly made by him to co-defendant Mason – an alle­ga­tion of cor­rup­tion of a pub­lic official.

The alle­ga­tions relat­ing to Mr Hutt arise from prop­erty rentals by ACC.

Reject­ing Mr Hutt’s con­tention that pub­li­ca­tion of his name would have seri­ous effects on Hi-Tech’s busi­ness, Jus­tice Ron Young said when­ever a busi­ness­man was charged with some form of dis­hon­esty, pub­li­ca­tion of his name was likely to affect their business.

“There is no prin­ci­ple that exempts those alleged to have com­mit­ted white col­lar crime from the estab­lished approach to sup­pres­sion of name accept­ing that each case must be assessed on its own facts,” Jus­tice Young said.

In a judg­ment released to National Busi­ness Review today, Jus­tice Young said: “There is noth­ing about Mr Hutt’s cir­cum­stances that, in my view, can be assessed as excep­tional given the con­text of the crime he faces.”

The judge sums up nicely at the end:

After devel­op­ing the com­pa­nies over 20 years, Mr Hutt recently resigned as man­ager and direc­tor of Hi-Tech Com­mer­cial Inte­ri­ors Welling­ton and Hi-Tech Com­mer­cial Inte­ri­ors Auckland.

Jus­tice Young said the pub­lic and espe­cially gov­ern­ment depart­ments and other com­mer­cial enter­prises Mr Hutt dealt with were enti­tled to know about the charges he face
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Posted 01 March 2011 - 04:43 PM

 J. Bloggs, on 28 February 2011 - 06:06 PM, said:

Ooh!
under suspicion for lying in the District Court.


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Posted 07 March 2011 - 09:16 PM

 J. Bloggs, on 28 February 2011 - 06:06 PM, said:

Ooh!
What about Barry Davis ?
He signed off the contract for the new building in Whangarei, then conveniently resigned 6 months later after 23 years at ACC.
The same person under suspicion for lying in the District Court about instructing the claims manager not to forward a request for review to DRSL !
The same person who signed off the expenses for Chapman, the CEO of ACC convicted of fraud.
The same person who was a director a a company to supply computer equipment.


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Posted 15 March 2011 - 02:10 PM

Greg HUTT's accomplice Malcolm MASON received a mere 11 months Home Detention.


The $160,000.00 was never his so doesn't count for anything as far as we are concerned.

Home Detention allows a person to continue employment.

Maybe Malcolm MASON can go & sweep the streets and pick up rubbish in Downtown Wellington where he can be subjected to Public Humiliation for ripping off people who genuinely need http://acc.co.nz/ assistance.

http://mediacom.nzpa.co.nz/

Media Release
15 March 2011



ACC welcomes conclusion of fraud case
The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) has today welcomed the conclusion of a staff fraud case.
In April 2010, ACC referred a number of concerns about property transactions to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) for investigation. The staff member concerned, Malcolm Mason, was dismissed at the time for failing to follow internal ACC policies and procedures.

Mr Mason was today sentenced to 11 months home detention.


ACC Chief Executive Dr Jan White said the organisation was pleased the matter had come to a conclusion.
“Like other members of the state service, ACC staff members abide by high standards of honesty and integrity. So the actions of this individual were of great concern to us all. I am pleased the matter has been concluded.”
“As soon as suspicions were raised we involved the appropriate authorities and thoroughly reviewed our internal systems. We are satisfied that they are robust”, said Dr White.
“ACC has a zero tolerance policy to fraud or corruption, whether it involves an employee, a contractor, a supplier of services or a client. Wherever we suspect fraud, it will be investigated and action will be taken,” added Dr White.

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Posted 15 March 2011 - 02:21 PM

 hukildaspida, on 15 March 2011 - 02:10 PM, said:

Greg HUTT's accomplice Malcolm MASON received a mere 11 months Home Detention.


The $160,000.00 was never his so doesn't count for anything as far as we are concerned.

Home Detention allows a person to continue employment.

Maybe Malcolm MASON can go & sweep the streets and pick up rubbish in Downtown Wellington where he can be subjected to Public Humiliation for ripping off people who genuinely need http://acc.co.nz/ assistance.

http://mediacom.nzpa.co.nz/

Media Release
15 March 2011



ACC welcomes conclusion of fraud case
The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) has today welcomed the conclusion of a staff fraud case.
In April 2010, ACC referred a number of concerns about property transactions to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) for investigation. The staff member concerned, Malcolm Mason, was dismissed at the time for failing to follow internal ACC policies and procedures.

Mr Mason was today sentenced to 11 months home detention.


ACC Chief Executive Dr Jan White said the organisation was pleased the matter had come to a conclusion.
“Like other members of the state service, ACC staff members abide by high standards of honesty and integrity. So the actions of this individual were of great concern to us all. I am pleased the matter has been concluded.”
“As soon as suspicions were raised we involved the appropriate authorities and thoroughly reviewed our internal systems. We are satisfied that they are robust”, said Dr White.
“ACC has a zero tolerance policy to fraud or corruption, whether it involves an employee, a contractor, a supplier of services or a client. Wherever we suspect fraud, it will be investigated and action will be taken,” added Dr White.

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For further information contact
Laurie Edwards (0274) 470 255





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Former ACC Property Manager sentenced to 11 months

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15 March 2011

Former ACC National Property Manager sentenced to 11 months home detention following SFO corruption charges

Malcolm David Mason
was sentenced today to 11 months home detention in relation to two Crimes Act and one Secret Commissions Act charges brought by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) arising from his activities as National Property Manager for the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC).

Mr Mason had previously admitted corruptly receiving a payment of $160,000 from a property developer in return for using his position at the ACC to ensure the involvement of a developer known to him in the construction and leasing of a new ACC branch office.

Mr Mason also admitted corruptly receiving a gift to the value of $9,000, in the form of a business class trip to the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, from a real estate agent in return for involving him in securing a long term lease for another ACC building.

In addition to receiving the payment and the gift, Mr Mason also admitted passing a confidential document listing all Government Departmental Security Officers to an associate involved in the business of installing security systems.
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Phone: 021 675 647

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Case summary

Malcolm David Mason is a 50 year old male who had worked at ACC for a period of 32 years. At the relevant time he was the ACC’s National Property Manager. In that role he had responsibility for the procurement of premises for the use of ACC, tendering for the development of such premises and negotiating lease terms between ACC and the landlords of those premises.

$160,000 payment
In late 2006 ACC identified a need to replace some of its existing premises. As National Property Manager, Mr Mason was responsible for overseeing and controlling the process.

Mr Mason passed details of ACC intentions to a property developer with whom he had a personal friendship. This information allowed the developer to purchase the site that Mr Mason subsequently recommended to his superiors as being suitable for the new ACC branch.

Mr Mason’s influence at ACC ensured that the developer received the opportunity to develop the new building and agree a long term lease with the ACC. Once the lease was secured the developer sold the building for a profit and paid Mr Mason $160,000 from the proceeds.

$9,000 gift
In 2007 Mr Mason was tasked with finding another location for ACC offices. He engaged a real estate agent to assist in identifying a suitable site and negotiate a lease.

In 2008 ACC entered into a lease for a site based upon Mr Mason’s recommendations.

For his part in the process the agent received a commission that was consistent with industry practise. Following receipt of his commission payment, the agent paid for Mr Mason to accompany him to the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix.

The gift, which included flights and accommodation, was valued at approximately $9,000. Mr Mason neglected to disclose the gift to ACC and later took steps to deceive his supervisor about the true nature of the trip.

Disclosure of Confidential Document
In November 2007 Mr Mason emailed a Government Department Security Office Listing to a personal friend who was in the business of installing and maintaining security systems in buildings.

The document listed the names and contact details of all designated Security Officers within government departments.

The documents is clearly marked “In Confidence”, which is a government level of information security at a lower level than secret.
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Posted 15 March 2011 - 02:48 PM

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Former ACC national property manager Malcolm Mason has been sentenced to 11 months home detention for corruption and bribery.

Mason had accepted bribes and gifts of $170,000, including a $9000 dollar trip to Singapore.

A Serious Fraud Office investigation led to the prosecution.

Wellington District Court judge Denys Barry said: "it was insidious erosion in the integrity of a government agency and government service generally".

He said the money was for Mason's lavish lifestyle.

Mason had grossly breached the trust placed in him, the judge said.

Mason had pleaded guilty to three charges of corruption and bribery and was arranging to pay back $160,000.

Outside the court he said he was ashamed, especially of the effect on his family.
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Posted 15 March 2011 - 04:14 PM

Barry Davis, former corporate secretary for ACC, signed off the expenses that subsequently saw ACC CEO Chapman jailed for a $2m fraud.
Barry Davis's reward? A safari trip to Kenya!
Who signed of the property deal that saw this man get home detention? Barry Davis!
I smell a cover-up here, and the NBR agrees with this.
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Posted 15 March 2011 - 04:41 PM

 Southernman, on 15 March 2011 - 04:14 PM, said:

Barry Davis, former corporate secretary for ACC, signed off the expenses that subsequently saw ACC CEO Chapman jailed for a $2m fraud.
Barry Davis's reward? A safari trip to Kenya!
Who signed of the property deal that saw this man get home detention? Barry Davis!
I smell a cover-up here, and the NBR agrees with this.



Barry DAVIS prior to commencing employment at http://acc.co.nz/ in the early 1970s was an Accountant!!

NBR

Overseas travel for ACC, accountants


The National Business Review - 14 Oct 1994 : Page 23
THE CHAPMAN AFFAIR

In his final three years as Accident Compensation Corporation chief executive Jeff Chapman spent an average of five weeks a year travelling overseas. That's disclosed in documents released under the Official Information Act.

A list detailing Mr Chapman's overseas travel shows he spent approximately 113 days overseas from 1990-1993. During the previous five years Mr Chapman spent 82 days overseas, an average of 2.3 weeks a year.

Most of the increase in travel in the 1990-93 period was due to his appointment as president of the New Zealand Society of Accountants. Some of the travel was paid for by the society.

The purpose for most of the travel was to attend conferences and seminars. The complete list of travel is:

Paid for by ACC:

* November 1985: 12 days, Bangkok and Kuala Lumper.

* March 1986: five days, Geneva.

* September 1986: 30 days, Montreal, Stockholm and Geneva.

* February 1987: five days, Lucerne (Switzerland).

* May 1987: five days, Stockholm.

* September 1988: 20 days, Newfoundland, Seattle and British Colombia.

* September 1989: five days, Vienna, Washington, Baltimore.

* April 1990: five days, Berlin.

* September 1990: five days, Newfoundland.

* October 1990: 15 days, Washington, New York.

* January 1991: three days, New York.

* September 1991: five days, Berlin.

* September 1992: five days, London.

Paid for by the Society of Accountants:

* July 1990: 10 days, Perth, Brussels.

* August 1990:10 days, Calgary.

* March 1991: period not known, Bali.

* October 1992: 21 days, Washington.

Part-paid by ACC and part-paid by

Society of Accountants:

* October 1991: 20 days, New York, London, Lisbon - costs split 50%/50%.

* February 1991: 12 days, Geneva - costs split 30% (ACC); 70% (society).

A further list detailing costings of travel in Mr Chapman's chief executive's department was disclosed last year as an answer to a question from Christchurch Central MP Lianne Dalziel. The list prepared by then-minister Bill Birch shows $214,634 was spent on overseas travel in the June 1992 year and $207,369 spent in the four months to October 31, 1992.

The 1992 financial year list details nine instances of overseas travel, two by Mr Chapman:

* Canada: costing $18,556.

* German: costing $11,166.

A further $91,450 is listed as the cost of various visits to Australia by a list of ACC staff including Mr Chapman.

The three most expensive trips by other staff members in the June 1992 year were:

* V Jamieson and R Doyle to Canada, $17,647.

* L Alessi to Germany and England, $14,208.

* D Hutton to Canada, $15,680.

The list for the four months to October lists a further 12 overseas visits, one by Mr Chapman to England costing $12,305.

Mr Chapman is not listed as having travelled to Australia during the period. A comparison with the other list shows Mr Chapman's major travel during the four month period was a 21-day trip to Washington which was paid for by the Society of Accountants.

The most expensive trips by other staff members in the four months to October 31, 1992, were:

* Gerard McGreevy to a management course at Harvard Business School, $20,944.

* Dr R Griffiths and Dr K Howard to Austria, $26,831.

* L Alessi and B Davis to Kenya, $27,959.

* A Nicholls and S Montgomery to USA and England, $28,568.

* Vince Morel to USA and Canada, $22,789.

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Posted 15 March 2011 - 06:12 PM

 Southernman, on 15 March 2011 - 04:14 PM, said:

Barry Davis, former corporate secretary for ACC, signed off the expenses that subsequently saw ACC CEO Chapman jailed for a $2m fraud.
Barry Davis's reward? A safari trip to Kenya!
Who signed of the property deal that saw this man get home detention? Barry Davis!
I smell a cover-up here, and the NBR agrees with this.


http://www.nbr.co.nz...ention-nk-88262


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