SFO investigates Taupo District Council

### stuff.co.nz Last updated 16:49 17/06/2013
SFO investigates Taupo District Council
By Mike Watson – Waikato Times
The Serious Fraud Office has launched an investigation into alleged fraud at the Taupo District Council but would not reveal the reason for the inquiry. SFO acting chief executive Simon McArley today confirmed the agency was investigating the council after a complaint had been lodged.
“We have received complaints in matters relating to Taupo District Council,” Mr McArley said. “The SFO is continuing its investigation of those matters but is unable to provide any further detail in relation to them at this time.”
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### rotoruadailypost.co.nz 18 Jun 2013 11:45 AM Updated: 1:25 PM
Update: SFO investigating Taupo District Council
By Laurilee McMichael
Taupo Mayor Rick Cooper says he’s aghast, shattered and stunned at news the Taupo District Council is being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office. Mr Cooper said he doesn’t know what the alleged fraud is in relation to or who it involves but said it’s definitely not him. However he’s challenging whoever made the complaint or complaints to “put up or shut up” and notes that there is a local government election in October. He believes there’s a vendetta against the council and that people are trying to manipulate public opinion.

Mr Cooper and the Taupo district councillors were informed last week the SFO had launched an investigation but were given no more detail.

The SFO focuses on serious or complex fraud in which there are multiple victims, the sum of money lost exceeds $2 million, or has significant legal or financial complexity beyond the resources of most other law enforcement agencies. Its brief includes bribery and corruption crimes involving public officials.
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6 responses to “SFO investigates Taupo District Council

  1. In other news… (unrelated to this post, but following on from Bob Jones)

    Dominion Post (14.3.13):
    Taupo District Council’s chief executive received the resignation of Cr Rex Mincher (50). “A Taupo councillor hoping to become the town’s next mayor has been spared a jail term after ignoring a protection order to stay away from his estranged wife.”
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/8312808/Taupo-councillor-breaches-protection-order

    Taupo Times (13.9.12):
    Assault case against councillor dismissed #bookmark

  2. Martin Legge

    Is this another example of the SFO having to step in after other well resourced Govt agencies such as OAG and DIA have missed things.

    The Mayor’s comments are bizarre. The person or persons who complained have “put up” by reporting the matter to an investigating authority, the SFO, and there must be some merit for SFO to publicly announce their involvement today. Armed with no knowledge or facts of the matter, this Mayor is already calling it an election year beat up – a pretty good reason why one would not take their complaint directly to the Mayor of Taupo!!

    • The mayor’s not terribly in charge of faculties, weirdly without in-house spies amongst staff to discern alleged crime, or he’s in fully fledged ‘I’m-not-guilty-bombast’ mode. A turkey.

  3. Hype O'Thermia

    I think Taupo’s Mayor is still having difficulties transitioning from childhood to responsible adulthood.
    Remember the chant?
    “Tell-tale tit, your tongue will split, and all the little puppy-dogs will have a little bit.”

  4. Hype O'Thermia

    Oh dear, a turkey – and NZers are getting more and more into the idea of midwinter “Christmas” dinners.

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