Dollars & Sense Finance Limited v Rerekohu Nathan
Supreme Court of New Zealand
8 April 2008
MEDIA RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION
DOLLARS & SENSE FINANCE LIMITED v REREKOHU NATHAN
(SC 31/2007)  NZSC 20
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Dollars & Sense Finance Ltd advanced money to Rodney Nathan on the security of a mortgage over his parents’ home. It transpired that, unbeknown to Dollars & Sense or its solicitor, Mr Nathan had forged his mother’s signature on the mortgage document. (She is now by survivorship the sole owner of the property.)
The Supreme Court has held unanimously, upholding the judgments in the High Court and the Court of Appeal, that the mortgage should be removed from the Land Transfer register. It has held that Mr Nathan was engaged as an agent by Dollars & Sense to obtain signature of the mortgage and that his act of forgery was sufficiently closely connected with the task he was engaged to undertake that it must be treated as done within the agency. The fraud committed was therefore the fraud of an agent of Dollars & Sense and accordingly it did not by registration obtain an indefeasible title.