DCC Citifleet: Coroner’s report out

### ODT Online Wed, 16 Dec 2015
Coroner rules on Citifleet manager’s death
By Chris Morris
The man at the centre of the Dunedin City Council’s $1.5 million Citifleet fraud took his own life after being approached about the fraud, a Coroner has ruled.
Brent Bachop, the council’s Citifleet manager, died on May 21 last year, nearly a week after first being approached about irregularities within his department on May 15.
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Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

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8 responses to “DCC Citifleet: Coroner’s report out

  1. Gurglars

    Ah, but no Elizabeth, the coroner HAS pointed to irregularities in the police investigation when he says that “Brent Bachop was at the CENTRE of the vehicle fraud”.

    The questions we really want to know the answers to are.

    What was the diameter of the circle and who was on the periphery.

  2. Rob Hamlin

    Mrs Crippen, on being confronted with the fact that her husband was having an affair and planning to elope with the young lady concerned decided that it was all too much. She wrote a note saying she was running off to America with her own non-existent paramour, took a lethal dose of scopolamine, removed her head, cut out her own skeleton entirely and then buried herself, rather wobbilily, under the bricks in the basement of the family home, tidily rearranging them back over herself once she was ‘in’.

    Official cause of death – Stress initiated suicide

  3. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Thu, 17 Dec 2015
    Million-dollar claim pursued
    By Chris Morris
    The Dunedin City Council is seeking more than $1 million in damages through a High Court action against the estate of former Citifleet team leader Brent Bachop. The trustee, executor and sole beneficiary of Mr Bachop’s estate was named as the defendant in the council’s statement of claim. A copy of the claim, released to the Otago Daily Times yesterday, showed the council wanted $1,250,780 in damages, plus interest and other costs, from Mr Bachop’s estate.
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  4. Readers may be interested to know that the NZ GCSB has complete electronics records of many of the DCC corruption issues.

    These include those involved in the circumstances of the most untimely death of Mr Bachop.

    The FSB also has this information.

  5. Gurglars

    We’ll see! I’d like to see- show me the way even in greek!

  6. russandbev

    I note that it is not the DCC that is taking this action, but rather the insurer in the name of the DCC.

    This whole matter disturbs me greatly on a number of fronts. Firstly, the Police enquiry has already shown to be flawed and cursory. Some might say that the Police were dissuaded from any “real” enquiry by the DCC who may have said to the Police that any losses were covered by insurance so “don’t bother”. Further enquiries would have shown the obvious lack of managerial responsibility for not carrying out audits or even asset registers. It wasn’t Bachop that decided not to do those two most basic of business requirements, but he took advantage of it.

    I do know that the attitude of the Police was one of “do you want to pursue the widow” when this matter was raised with them. Interesting response to say the least.

    The second thing is the way in which the frauds were committed. If, for example and totally hypothetically, buyers of vehicles were instructed by Bachop on how to fill out a cheque so that those cheques could be readily altered then it may show that the buyers were fully aware that there was something shady going on and that they were in effect part of the fraud.

    Thirdly, let us look at who was making the money. If Bachop took a car to a dealer or mate and that the wholesale value of the car being disposed of was $10k and Bachop did a deal for $8k and the mate/dealer then hocked off the car for $14k then Bachop made $8k and the dealer made $6k, making the income from the frauds $14k while the DCC lost $10k. The insurance I would think would pay out on the $10k only.

    Effectively, the purchasers of the cars who either refused to talk to Mr Plod – how does this happen – or had a “well orchestrated” response to enquiries are free to enjoy their share of the fraud.

    Lastly, there is the issue of the wife. How many people would not wonder just where the household income was coming from when the expenditure was so obvious? Was it not the same with the wife of dear Mr Swann?

    • Hype O'Thermia

      The women who used to say in all honesty that “I don’t know anything about the financial side of things, Dad (yes, she used to call him Dad) gives me the housekeeping money and he manages everything else, he’s very good / complains a lot when I have to ask for extra for school uniforms” – those women will be in their late 80s now…. and even they will be the minority of their age group to have left all the “money stuff” to “Dad”.
      How old are the Swann and Bachop spouses? Doing the Time Warp again?

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