Blackmailer, fraudster and serial litigant Graham McCready is back in play

Blackmailer, fraudster and serial litigant Graham McCready is back in play, and he is up to his old blackmailing tricks again.

Serial litigant Graham McCready says he will take Todd Barclay and Bill English to court over the taping scandal if the police don’t.

That sounds remarkably like blackmail to me.  

The prosecution would focus on Barclay’s accused illegal reporting and English as an “accessory after the fact”.

McCready’s New Zealand Private Prosecution Service wrote to Invercargill Police on Monday morning advising them that if they didn’t prosecute Barclay and English they would seek to – providing that the complainant Glenys Dickson and other witnesses wished to.

Barclay, National’s MP for Clutha-Southland, has been accused of making an illegal recording of his staffer Glenys Dickson by leaving a dictaphone in her office.

A 10-month police investigation into the matter did not result in a prosecution, after Barclay refused to speak to them.

Following new revelations last week – including that Barclay told English about the recordings – police reopened the investigation and Barclay announced he would not be standing at the next election.

McCready said he would prefer the police led the prosecution, but doubted they would.

“It’s the same all the other high profile cases – painter-gate, ponytail-gate, the punch-up in Parliament. The police just run away,” he said.

English has said he was told about the recordings but he did not immediately report them to police. He subsequently agreed to be interviewed by police.

In a statement, Assistant Commissioner (Investigations) Richard Chambers said: “Police investigate without fear or favour and any decision regarding prosecution is always made in accordance with the Solicitor General’s prosecution guidelines, irrespective of who it relates to.”

McCready said once English had been told of a recording, he needed to have told police or else he was “an accessory after the fact”.

“If you know about an offence being committed and you do nothing about it you are actually assisting the offender.”

English has said that he was not sure that the taping had ever happened, was not sure that it would be a crime, and co-operated fully with the police when interviewed.

McCready said the facts in the media already were enough to form a prosecution.

McCready is a menace who costs people a lot of money, while he himself can’t be touched as he is essentially destitute. McCready will file papers, it will costs tens of thousands to get struck out, mainly because all he has got is hearsay…and he will walk away after causing his victims, and that is what they are a lot of financial and emotional stress.

Funny how he is nowhere to be seen on other breaches from left-wing politicians. He basically just a legal pest, but the courts will, of course, entertain his vexatious proceedings…and the media will lap it all up and never refer to McCready’s own criminal convictions for tax fraud and blackmail.

 

-Fairfax


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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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