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Guilty verdicts end long running SFO case

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26 March 2014

Guilty verdicts end long running SFO case

Jimmy Ming Miu (47) has been found guilty of Crimes Act charges in the Auckland District Court today following a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) prosecution.

Mr Miu was charged in December 2009 and faced 23 charges of using a document with intent to defraud and 49 charges of dishonestly using a document. Today he was found guilty of 55 of those charges.

The charges relate to when Mr Miu was employed as the IT Systems Manager for McKay Shipping New Zealand Limited (McKay Shipping) between 2000 and 2006.

During the period of offending, Mr Miu purchased computer hardware and software using the trading name Avanti Systems or Avanti Systems Integration. Mr Miu invoiced his employer for the computer products and in his position as IT Manager also approved the invoices for payment. The invoices were either highly inflated or false in that the products were never supplied or the products were not required by his employer. Mr Miu was found guilty in relation to 55 invoices that were submitted to McKay Shipping over a period of six years and totaling in excess of $1 million.

When the fraud was discovered by his employer Mr Miu fled to Australia. In October 2011 Mr Miu was extradited from Australia and he was charged with those matters which were the subject of the extradition order.

Mr Miu will reappear for sentencing on 5 May 2014.

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