Trougher Brown and his fake invoice

I am gob-smacked that the Labour-backed and staffed Len Brown campaign team seems to have committed a prima-facie case of fraud, or uttering, or using a document or some such similar crime in order to try and hide the details of Len Brown’s  $810 meal at Volare restaurant. Another interesting ti-bit is that as the crow flies Volare is less than 2kms from Len Brown’s  house and is perhaps the closest restaurant to him. Does he usually have council business dinners at a restaurant around the corner from his house on Sunday evenings?

Len Brown is a TrougherOn Friday, a bundle of receipts was sent by the council’s chief executive, Leigh Auton. The majority of receipts were eftpos ones rather than tax invoices showing exactly what was purchased.

Council regulations require a tax invoice to be submitted for every transaction, especially for spends of more than $50.

One of the tax invoices provided to the Star-Times was for an $810 dinner at Manurewa’s Volare Restaurant on a Sunday evening in September 2009. The only details of the visit on the invoice are “dinner for mayor Len Brown, includes food and beverage”.

The tax invoice is different from the usual invoices given to diners at the South Auckland eatery.

The Star-Times has learned that council officials contacted the restaurant last week – 36 weeks after the visit – and asked them to produce a new receipt and fax it to council headquarters. Volare owner Daniel Nakhle yesterday confirmed “a new receipt was requested” just a few days ago.

Someone from the Brown’s Labour staffed team went into the Volare restaurant where Brown had a $810 meal on the ratepayer tab, and had a new receipt issued to remove all references to alcohol. At the very least the IRD will be crawling all over Volare unless they can produce the original. If they can produce the original then the question needs to be asked of the Labour staffed Brown team or of the Mayor himself just why did they seek to hide the details by seeking a manufactured invoice for the dinner.

Council CEO and Brown toady Leigh Auton at the very least could be in the gun for a police investigation.

This is not just about bad quality spending – it’s now about dishonest behaviour and coverups. It shows the Auckland Labour party are utterly corrupt. So, time for some questions:

  1. Was this employee someone on Len Brown’s campaign team or inner circle?
  2. On whose orders did the employee of Manukau do this?
  3. Who attended this expensive meal at suburban Volare Restaurant?
  4. What other council paid dinners have been had at Volare?
  5. Are they always on a Sunday evening?

We need to now see EVERY receipt, and cross reference at the source to see what Len Brown is also covering up from ratepayers?

Len Brown is not just a big bad spender, it appears he’s a fraudster and a liar too! The thing is, the buck stops at the top and as a lawyer Len Brown must know that this breaches every ethical guideline, the LGOIMA, and probably the Crimes Act. He can’t shift the blame. The buck stops at the top. He is responsible for he council staff, he is responsible for David lewis and Conor Roberts and he is responsible for himself.

If he can’t control his credit card or follow the law how can we expect him to be able to manage the complex finances of the new Supercity?

Len Brown should really consider his future as Manukau’s Mayor and fold his campaign tent for the Supercity. He has shown himself to be as venal as the rest of the Labour Party, and as corruptible, by having David Lewis and Conor Roberts lead his spin team. Next thing we will hear is that the invoice has been burned by David Lewis.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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