Two down, four remain at large

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Another of the tight six has been convicted. I reported details of this complex corruption and fraud issue at ACC.

A second player in an ACC property fraud has pleaded guilty.

Gregory Alexander Hutt (54) today admitted in the Wellington High Court to a Crimes Act bribery charge brought by the Serious Fraud Office.

He was a co-offender with Malcolm David Mason (51), who was sentenced last year to 11 months’ home detention and ordered to pay the courts $160,000 he had corruptly received.

Mason’s role was to procure premises for ACC, tendering for their development and negotiating lease terms.

Hutt was involved in property development.

When the story broke in 2010, the blog site, Whale Oil, made allegations naming a well-known, close-knit group of property players in Wellington.

The charges arose after ACC reviewed the lease of 47 Collingwood St, Nelson, for $346,320 per annum.

This review culminated in the dismissal of Mason after the deal prompted complaints to ACC minister Nick Smith about rentals other tenants felt were too high for the area.

 Nick Smith kicked it all off and what was uncovered was a complex fraud and long term rort by the tight six. So far two have gone down, the other sit tight hoping no one squeals.

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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.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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