This would be a fascinating precedent

Imagine if you did something wrong and you were convicted for it.  You pay the fine, do the Community Service or jail time.  It’s all behind you now.

Should they be able to come after you to recover money for the rest of your life?

A convicted fraudster says she would suffer “extreme hardship” if she were required to pay back even a fraction of the $600,000 she stole from IHC.

But the High Court at Wellington was told yesterday that Lynn Fiebig, who is now out of jail and working as a car valet in Whanganui, has more than $11,000 in two bank accounts.

Fiebig, 60, was sentenced to three years’ jail in 2010 for defrauding IHC of $590,029.80 while working as its fundraising manager between November 2006 and May 2009. Most of that money funded her luxury lodge project, Ahuru Lodge, in Ohakune, previously owned with her partner.

Associate High Court Judge Warwick Smith yesterday ordered her to pay $25 a week to IHC for the next two years. The reparations, totalling $2600, would amount to just a fraction of the debt she owed, which now stands at more than $750,000.

I think this has huge repercussions.  It could be possible to go after defaulters of loans, even after bankruptcy by civil means.  It could be possible to take the driver of a car that killed your child to court and insist on perpetual payments for emotional harm and loss of quality of life.  

Lawyers representing IHC asked for $60 a week, but Fiebig said such a sum would be “absolutely impossible” to pay.

The judge said Fiebig’s fraud had “huge and serious consequences for IHC” and some ongoing compensation was appropriate. He also ordered her to pay the costs of yesterday’s hearing.

Fiebig told the court she held more than $11,000 in two savings accounts. The judge advised that an order could be made for IHC to seize these funds.

Would it be possible to go after the assets people build after they have “done their time”?

Should it be?

 

– Olivia Wannan, Dominion Post


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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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