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Ministry welcomes conviction of fraudster

Ministry welcomes conviction of fraudster

The Ministry of Social Development’s Chief Executive Peter Hughes has welcomed the conviction of Wayne Patterson who today pleaded guilty to multiple fraud and forgery changes in the Waitakere District Court.

“I’ve had legal advice that to make any detailed statements at this stage risks Wayne Patterson’s right to a fair trial in relation to sentencing. The Ministry is working hard in relation to restitution and I don’t wish to compromise our ability to get money back.

“Following sentencing on 20 February 2007, I will make a full disclosure of the facts associated with this case. This will include the release of all relevant documents and information.

“This is a serious matter and the Ministry recognises it needs to be accountable. We will be accountable immediately after sentencing,” concluded Peter Hughes.

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