fraud

Some people really are stupid

I find it hard to fathom how someone can let themselves get dudded and then run off to the media to tell the world that they got dudded by what is an obvious con.

Pensioner Mary Boyle has forgiven Steven Robertson since he repaid $29,000 she had handed over for a gold trading investment.

But she does not think of him fondly.

“I don’t know how on earth he lives with himself,” she said.

Boyle, a retired teacher in her 80s, became involved with Robertson after a brochure landed in her letterbox, followed by a phone call from a company called PTT.

It was a sales pitch for a gold trading scheme called Prosper Through Trading.    Read more »

Dud judge and a piss weak justice system let down victims

It is cases like this that show up the gullibility of our judges, and our dud criminal friendly justice system.

A fraudster who stole $5000 from Facebook customers to repay nearly $20,000 in TradeMe rip-offs claimed she didn’t realise she’d “done it again”.

Harriet Heather Anne Dale, 24, committed another $5000 worth of frauds before she was caught again, and she now faces a total reparation bill of more than $20,000.

Christchurch District Court Judge David Saunders’ assessment was that Dale was “living in La-La Land”, but he granted her a seven-month home detention term in place of a jail sentence.

He noted she had a five-year-old son who was cared for by her parents because she had been unable to cope, and she was again pregnant, and facing a sizeable reparations bill.    Read more »

Massive corporate corruption case threatens to spill over into NZ

A massive corporate corruption scandal has erupted in Australia involving Orix and Coca-Cola Amatil and sources say that this has the potential to spill over into New Zealand.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports:

The chief executive of billion-dollar fleet-management company Orix has been charged with paying corrupt commissions to an employee of beverage giant Coca-Cola Amatil.

In one of the biggest corporate scandals to hit Australia, police will allege Orix boss John Carter, 53, made corrupt payments of $504,000 to Coca-Cola Amatil’s fleet manager in exchange for vehicle leasing contracts.

Police told Fairfax Media they believe the scandal is far wider, possibly involving millions of dollars and years of corruption, and they are urging people to come forward with information.

Mr Carter was taken from his Vaucluse mansion to North Sydney police station at 10am on Thursday and charged with four counts of paying corrupt commissions and one count of money laundering.

The senior Orix manager who allegedly made the payments and the Coca-Cola fleet manager who allegedly accepted the corrupt payments were arrested a week ago.

Police allege Mr Carter was aware of four large deposits paid to the Coca-Cola fleet manager and allegedly advised his senior manager, a 58 year-old Illawong man, on how to make the payments.

The deposits were allegedly made between June 2014 and February 2015 into a secret bank account specifically set up for the scheme.    Read more »

Was registered. Convicted for fraud. Still registered

A Northland school teacher will be allowed to keep teaching despite admitting nearly $45,000 worth of benefit fraud.

Avalina Deonie Cook, 31, had been teaching at Whangarei’s Manaia View School when the school discovered her crime and alerted the Teachers Council.

She was sentenced to six months’ home detention and ordered to repay the money after being convicted of benefit fraud in Whangarei District Court last year.

A Teachers Council Disciplinary Tribunal decision, released today, reveals Ms Cook claimed nearly $45,000 from the unemployment, sickness and domestic purposes benefits, despite working at four childcare centres between 2007 and 2013.

The solo mother told the council she had convinced herself that because she was studying she did not have to tell authorities about her part-time work and she wanted her two sons to take part in sports.

She admitted she had broken the law but said it never affected her teaching. Read more »

It’s easy to beat cancer when you never had it in the first place

Some people are just pure evil, ratbags from start to finish.

They go through life living a fantasy and suing people who tell the truth about them…one of those people is currently before the courts and she will be named sooner rather than later after being arrested at Auckland airport.

But in Australia there is another who has done the same thing and hoodwinked thousands with her cancer survivor story…but it is easy to survive cancer when you never had it in the first place.

Elle called her ‘The most inspiring woman you’ve met this year’. She also won Cosmopolitan’s Fun Fearless Female award for social media.

Why?

Single mother Belle Gibson supposedly beat a diagnosis of terminal brain cancer, shunning conventional medicine and focussing on a healthy diet. She then published a book and developed an app that told her story and showed others how to be healthy.

The story of her health battle is one that we now know was at best embellished and at worst was an outright lie.

Elle and Cosmo have written insider accounts of their experience with the young Brisbane mother… both admit to being thoroughly duped.

Cosmopolitan was right about one thing; Belle Gibson certainly is fearless.

Gibson has a top-rating health app that was set to be a default app on Apple’s new watch.

Its success and the empire she has built comes from her incredible story of triumph over adversity, of sickness into self-empowered health.

“She’s fun and fearless ‘cos: she was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, but instead of giving in, it became the impetus for her dedication to health and wellbeing,” Cosmo wrote about their 2014 Fearless nominee. “Oh, and her app was named runner-up for the Best iPhone App of 2013 by Apple. Not bad, hey?”

Not bad at all. Except, as Fairfax revealed, Gibson failed to donate $300,000 of the money promised to charity from the sales of her health app, The Whole Pantry.

Claims then emerged that Gibson lied about ever having suffered from cancer.    Read more »

Sepuloni admits to defrauding the taxpayer

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Labour MP Carmel Sepuloni’s mother has admitted to benefit fraud charges in the New Plymouth District Court today.

Beverley Anne Sepuloni appeared along with her partner Michael Charles Rangi and was charged with fraud worth almost $100,000, the New Zealand Herald reports.

Sepuloni faced 19 counts of fraud totalling $33, 856 while Rangi was charged with 4 counts totalling $62,351. Read more »

I’m sorry, I was wrong, I take it all back

It is not often that I am wrong, but when I am I will apologise.

I said that Andrew Little shouldn’t have stood Carmel Sepuloni down, I was wrong.

The reason I have changed my point of view is this:

1091 (2015). Carmel Sepuloni to the Associate Minister for Social Development (23 Feb 2015): What is the process that the Ministry uses for establishing whether suspected benefit fraud relating to a client having a partner despite saying they live alone, has taken place?

Hon Jo Goodhew (Associate Minister for Social Development) replied: Reply due: 03 Mar 2015

It would appear that Lindsay Mitchell was right in pointing out that Carmel Sepuloni has a history of interfering.

On one hand I can agree with the Whale that Carmel Sepuloni should not be punished for the (alleged) sins of her mother. Andrew Little has stood her down from the welfare portfolio because her mother is facing numerous benefit fraud charges, citing a “conflict of interests”.

On the other, Sepuloni has a history of getting directly involved with WINZ staff and interfering in their decisions.

In her own words, after intervening to get a benefit reinstated when someone volunteering in her office missed a WINZ seminar thereby breaking the rules of entitlement

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Why has Andrew Little stood down Sepuloni?

In a bizarre decision, one which shows signs of cracking under pressure, Andrew Little has stood down Carmel Sepuloni from her Welfare spokesperson role because her mother is on charges of benefit fraud.

The Labour Party’s welfare spokesperson has been stood down from that role following a ONE News revelation.

ONE News has discovered high-ranking MP Carmel Sepuloni’s mother, Beverley Anne Sepuloni, is due to appear in court tomorrow on benefit fraud charges. She is expected to plead to the charges tomorrow.

Carmel Sepuloni, a young rising star in Andrew Little’s Labour Party, was the party’s spokesperson on welfare – until this afternoon. One News called the Labour leader’s office just after 2pm today and by 4pm he had stood Carmel Sepuloni down. He moved fast.

“We’ve agreed that she will step aside from her role as spokesperson for Social Development. There’s an obvious conflict of interest,” Mr Little says.

Mr Little decided to stand Carmel Sepuloni down after ONE News revealed the accusations against her mother.

Beverley Anne Sepuloni is due to appear in the New Plymouth District Court tomorrow morning on 19 charges laid a month ago. She’s accused of claiming the sickness benefit in 2006 when she shouldn’t have. She’s also accused of applying for the disability allowance in 2008 when she shouldn’t have.

It’s alleged she claimed rent subsidies between 2003 and 2010 which she wasn’t entitled to. And she’s also accused of failing to tell welfare officials – for 10-and-a-half years – that she was living with a partner.

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Are there any climate records we can believe anymore?

James Delingpole discusses the latest climate fraud, the ongoing alteration of the climate record of NOAA and NASA, sometime by up to 35%.

He believes the records are now so hopelessly tampered with that they can no longer be relied upon and are in fact a massive fraud.

When you Google “Dr Kevin Cowtan” he appears reassuringly neutral in this affair. He works in the Department of Chemistry at the University of York, his current speciality being X-ray crystallography. A proper scientist, then, with no dog in this fight. Or so it looks until you scroll down a bit and see that his other area of research is “climate science.”

My climate science research focuses primarily on problems which are relevant to the public understanding of climate science. With my colleague Robert Way I have been investigating biases in historical temperature record from weather stations. Our primary work concerns temperature change over the past two decades. The main temperature record providers show a slowdown in the rate of warming over this period, however when biases in the temperature record are taken into account, we find that part of the slowdown disappears.

I am also involved in climate science communication, and am contributing to a massive online course run by the University of Queensland. I can offer undergraduate projects in this area for students who are interested to develop science communication skills.

So, not a neutral party after all then, but someone who depends for part of his livelihood on the lavish funding available in academe for those who promote the climate “consensus.” Perhaps, in the interests of full disclosure, he might have mentioned this detail on his YouTube biography. But I mean that only as a very mild and largely inconsequential criticism. What matters is not what Cowtan does for a living (“the motive fallacy”) but whether or not he has got his facts right.

And according to this counterblast from Dave Burton – a US computer programmer, sea level specialist and IPCC expert reviewer on AR5 –  he hasn’t.

Burton’s key point is this: where Cowtan claims that all NOAA’s adjustments have done is increased warming by a modest 3 per cent, in actuality they have increased it by 35 per cent. So, far from Cowtan’s assessment that these adjustments are “inconsequentially tiny”, they are in fact quite massively distorting.

Might it be that they reached such wildly different conclusions by using different data? Er, no. Burton reached his conclusions by creating a spreadsheet with decadal data digitized from the exact graph used in Cowtan’s video.

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A textbook case of Teacher Registration and Council secrecy failure

I know I have bored some of you to death with the never-ending examples of bad teachers.  But there is a point to it.  If I didn’t highlight each and every occasion, you simply wouldn’t know the extent of the problem.

There are a number of dimensions to this.  One, is the suppression of any details – sometimes even the name of the teacher and the school.

The other is the fact that Teacher Registration is being held up by teachers and their unions as being an essential component in protecting the children from bad teachers, when the opposite is demonstrably true.

Take this case:

The Teachers Council has confirmed it is investigating the head of an Auckland Charter School which is set to open its doors to students for the first time this week.

Middle School West, in Auckland, was officially opened yesterday, but on Tuesday 130 students will begin their education there.

James Haggett is Principal of the Charter School, a position he took up in November last year. Read more »