Former Auckland Council employee charged with bribery
23 July 2019
A man has been charged with accepting a
bribe as a council official and obtaining by deception,
while his alleged counterpart is charged with giving a gift
to a council employee.
The charges were brought by the
Serious Fraud Office.
The defendants, who have interim
name suppression, appeared in the Auckland District Court
today. They have been remanded on
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Whenever a political scandal breaks, party leaders have two basic options. They can confess to being in boots and all, and try to brazen it out : nothing to see here, move on. This tended to be the John Key approach. Very hard to pull that off in this case, given that it involved violating the privacy of sick New Zealanders for party political gain.
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