Ratbag Massey Student Boss in serious trouble

We have blogged about the ratbags at the EXMSS previously and now it appears she is in serious trouble.

The embattled president of an extramural students’ society was previously linked to an elaborate fraud through suggestions money was squirrelled away in offshore bank accounts in her name.

Massey University Extramural Students Society president Jeannette “JV” Chapman’s leadership is under fire amid allegations she claims an annual honorarium of more than $50,000 for the part-time role.

Executive members have resigned from the society and Ms Chapman is accused of “stonewalling” calls for a vote of no-confidence in her.

In 2006 her former husband, Lindsay Norman Kirk Chapman, now in his early 60s, was jailed for three years on more than 200 fraud charges, having dishonestly claimed more than $250,000. While working as a bookkeeper for a firm, whose identity is suppressed, Mr Chapman stole $218,000 from clients and ripped $34,000 off the Inland Revenue Department. 

At his sentencing, prosecutor Saul Holt told the Palmerston North District Court that police believed there may have been up to $150,000 in United States bank accounts under Mr Chapman’s “estranged wife’s” name.

The estranged wife is Ms Chapman, who originally hails from the United States. Mr Chapman’s former employer said it made attempts to recover losses through civil action.

“We had started it, but we couldn’t get there, so we stopped it.”

Mr Chapman was declared bankrupt between 2007 and 2010, and the Milson, Palmerston North, house he bought in 1987 was transferred into Ms Chapman’s name in July 2008. Property records show the property’s capital value is $345,000.

Mr Chapman now works at McDonald’s in Merivale, Christchurch.

The Manawatu Standard contacted him there yesterday and he said there was no truth to Mr Holt’s statement about suspected foreign slush funds.

“All the money [from the fraud] was in a joint account but it was solely operated by me,” he said.

Ms Chapman was not home yesterday. Gates to her property were padlocked and the only sign of life was a rabbit in a hutch on the driveway. Her office at Massey was closed up and nobody had seen her this week.

Her cell and home phone numbers have been disconnected.

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