Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Three sentenced following fraud conspiracy convictions

26 August 2011

Three sentenced following fraud conspiracy convictions

Three men have been sentenced in the Auckland District Court today after being found guilty of conspiracy to defraud and attempting to obstruct the course of justice, following an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).

Robert Anthony Briggs (50), the former Principal Officer and General Manager of the Actives Charitable Trust (Actives), was sentenced to four years and ten months imprisonment. Mr Briggs pleaded guilty in June to two charges under the Crimes Act of conspiring to commit an offence for personal financial gain and six charges of corruptly soliciting and accepting commissions under the Secret Commissions Act.

Gerard Thomas Clifford (59), whose interim name suppression was lifted today, was sentenced to four years imprisonment. Mr Clifford was found guilty of two charges under the Crimes Act of conspiring to commit an offence for personal financial gain, for his role in dishonestly obtaining funds from Actives in collusion with Mr Briggs.

Former Member of Parliament Gilbert Colin Myles (65), another former associate of Mr Briggs, was sentenced to four months community detention and 250 hours of community work. Mr Myles was found guilty of attempting to obstruct the course of justice during the course of the SFO investigation.

During the trial, Mr Briggs admitted to corruptly accepting commissions totalling approximately $153,000 from suppliers in connection with gaming machines ordered on Actives’ behalf.

Mr Briggs and Mr Clifford were also found to have operated a dishonest scheme in which $1.2 million of financial grants for equipment was provided by Actives to tennis clubs. Companies owned by Mr Clifford then supplied that equipment to the tennis clubs at over inflated prices, and the funding was then shared between Mr Briggs and Mr Clifford.

SFO Chief Executive Adam Feeley said: “It is imperative that those involved with charitable organisations demonstrate the highest ethical standards. Mr Briggs and Mr Clifford took advantage of their positions and in doing so, deprived the local community of valuable resources.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 



SEA: Another First For Solar Energy In New Zealand

The Sustainable Energy Association NZ (SEANZ) congratulates Sunergise on the commissioning of the Sunergise Kapuni Solar Power Plant, the largest in the country... More>>

Accenture: More Boomers Than Zoomers Want To Work From Home

While often associated with tech savvy Gen Z or Zoomers, new global research from Accenture shows that the push for more flexible working environments is being led by Gen Xers and Baby Boomers... More>>


Maritime Union: Deepening Supply Chain Crisis Requires Action

Maritime Union of New Zealand National Secretary Craig Harrison says the global COVID-19 pandemic exposed pre-existing weaknesses in our logistics sector, and created enormous problems... More>>


Banking: Westpac New Zealand To Remain Part Of Westpac Group

Westpac New Zealand Limited (WNZL) remains part of Westpac Group following a decision for the two businesses not to demerge. Westpac Group Chief Executive Officer, Peter King, said: “After a detailed review, we believe a demerger of the WNZL business would not be in the best interests of shareholders... More>>

Mercury: Enters Into Binding Agreements To Acquire Trustpower’s Retail Business

Mercury NZ Limited (Mercury) has announced that it has entered into binding agreements with Trustpower Limited (Trustpower, NZX:TPW) to acquire Trustpower’s retail business for NZ$441 million... More>>

ALSO:


ASB: New Zealanders Missing Out On Hundreds Of Millions In KiwiSaver Government Contributions

New Zealanders have just over a week to ensure they’re eligible for the maximum annual government KiwiSaver contribution... More>>