Deception

The three strikes rule should be applied to this serial litigant

Colin Craig has had three serious legal losses, one after the other this year and he has three more ahead of him that he refuses to settle or withdraw from. In the past, he has instigated five legal cases. He has made legal history with the record amounts that have been awarded against him yet he refuses to accept defeat even though it not only is staring him in the face it has chopped off his arms and his legs.

The Dark Knight AKA Colin Craig-Pinterest

The Dark Knight AKA Colin Craig-Pinterest

Loss One:

Colin Craig was ordered by the Human Rights Review Tribunal to pay his ex-press secretary more than $128,000 after portraying her as a “mistress, trouble maker, mentally unwell, a liar, and a blackmailer”.

He paid her $128,780 in damages plus costs- the highest sum the Human Rights Review Tribunal has ever awarded for emotional harm.

The dark Knight loses an arm.

The dark Knight loses an arm.

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A collection of Taqiyya fails

Muslim scholars teach that Muslims should generally be truthful to each other, unless the purpose of lying is to “smooth over differences.”

There are several forms of lying to non-believers that are permitted under certain circumstances, the best known being taqiyya. These circumstances are typically those that advance the cause of Islam – in some cases by gaining the trust of non-believers in order to draw out their vulnerability and defeat them.

-thereligionofpeace.com

Some of us are better  liars than others  and Muslims are no different. The following examples of Muslims practising taqiyya  in order to “smooth over differences”  or to gain the sympathy of non-Muslims in order to defeat them were unsuccessful for one of the following four reasons:

  1. The message wasn’t consistent  with his actions and words.
  2. The person he was trying to con was an undercover agent.
  3. A professional journalist asked the right questions and did some research
  4. There was a witness or camera present when the ” alleged “incident happened.

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‘No public interest’ says gun law expert

The cracks are appearing in defence mounted by the Media Party that Heather du Plessis Allan was acting in the public interest in exposing a ‘loophole’.

The narrative had until yesterday been running in her favour, but as more and more facts emerge it is looking like a cunning stunt that went awry.

Firstly, there was no loophole. Mediaworks and HDPA have broken several laws for their Story, for which they are now being investigated. That is not a loophole. Neither the Police nor Greg O’Connor have found a single instance of this ever happening before.

Secondly, the narrative that the Police could have just asked HDPA for a copy of her handwriting has been busted by the Police announcing that they asked for cooperation from Mediaworks and the journalist and were refused, leaving them no option but to serve and execute search warrants.

Now a firearms law expert gives his verdict and it isn’t looking flash for HDPA. Note the changes in language from the Herald.

TV3’s illegal gun-buying stuntdidn’t expose a loophole and might have actually created a problem, says a barrister specialising in firearms law.

Nicholas Taylor said he has 18 years experience in firearms cases and reviewed almost 10,000 of those cases to find not a single one involved the mail order exploit currently the focus of the police investigation.

“What I discovered is I haven’t had a single case in 18 years of being a barrister specialising in firearms law in which a firearm has been found by police or in someone’s unlawful possession that has been obtained this way. There isn’t a case I can name or have come across.”

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Anmol Seth: ‘Fraudonaire extraordinaire’

A photo on Anmol Seth's Facebook page, the plane and vehicles are actually owned by football star Emmanuel Adebayor

A photo on Anmol Seth’s Facebook page, the plane and vehicles are actually owned by football star Emmanuel Adebayor

by Stephen Cook

A CONMAN posing as a billionaire businessman has swindled millions of dollars out of Indian investors through a highly theatrical web of deceit and the bogus promise of sky-high returns on phoney investment opportunities.

Over the past decade, smooth-talking Anmol Seth has built a formidable reputation on the broken hopes and dreams of vulnerable Indian investors who have sunk millions of dollars into his bogus companies.

Seth – who resides in Flatbush, Auckland – operates at least 50 fictitious companies in New Zealand under the umbrella of the ‘Anmol Group’ and regularly posts on Facebook and Twitter about his glamorous jet-set lifestyle and involvement in multimillion-dollar business deals.

“Secured entire file for another large client with $40Million+ Turnover; have been working with on them for just over 14 months…the hard-work has finally paid off,” he boasted on Twitter back in 2013.

Through those bogus companies, it is understood Seth – who poses as a qualified lawyer and accountant – has made large GST claims on start-up ventures that never materialize.

On one of his many websites, the practiced con and consummate liar claims ‘we offer a world of opportunity which encourages people to help each other succeed, and achieve excellence through continuous improvement and innovation’.

Those unfortunate to have done business with Seth have an altogether different view of the serial fraudster.

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Woe betide the Uber City for Wellington, promoted by proven liars

Anyone who thinks the so-called “Uber City” for the Wellington region is going to deliver anything like that which it is hyped to needs a good crack across the bonce with a length of 4×2.

Same goes got he Hawkes Bay.

The name Uber City is a joke too…even if you combined them all they still won’t have the population of South Auckland.

Stephen Franks highlights a problem with the promotors of the Uber City…they are proven liars .

According to Ms Wilde her Council not being allowed to lie in official advertising “could drastically restrict how local bodies operate”. She believes it “poses a real risk to robust political debate”. Putting aside the inconvenient fact that Council advertising should be informative, not political propaganda, it is incredible that there is no media furore over her further defence that seeking the Advertising Standards Authority ruling was “legal nitpicking”.

The DomPost has reported the matter under the heading “Advertising Standards Authority calls GWRC super-city ad ‘misleading’”. Note the implied warnings to ignore – “calls’ instead of “finds” and the word ‘misleading’ in quotes to distance the DomPost from the dreadfully unwelcome judgmentalism implicit in ‘misleading’.

Take a look at the ASA report, ( 15/004) which attaches my firm’s letter setting out the facts. Someone in the GWRC was either too stupid or too reckless to merit staying employed, or set out to deceive. See also the submission on behalf of the GWRC which says essentially that councils should be free from ASA supervision of their advertising, because being constrained to the truth would be problematic.

How do the honest members of the Council feel about this? Will they seek an inquiry into it. Will anyone be held accountable?

Businesses, remember that indifference to honesty, when you next want to shade the truth to GWRC. Its leader thinks that “misleading advertising” which was “not prepared with a due sense of social responsibility” is just robust debate.

In 2008 I blogged on journalistic blind eyes to lies by politicians, compared to their frothing pursuit of easily made mistaken business claims.

“As a commercial lawyer I’m sickened by the left’s sanctimony toward business. Labour love passing laws they could never satisfy in their own conduct. They lie happily, yet business people (properly) face prison or huge fines for faulty prospectus statements.”

I’ve had some journalists and politicians claim that it is because business can lose people so much money. We saw that claim in full lynch mob glory in the media’s repeated whipping of two former Ministers of Justice. They were found by a court to have been honest though mistaken. They’d failed to add enough emphasis to their written warnings of the risks facing Lombard Finance.

The company’s failure (like most mezzanine development finance lenders) had nothing to do with the misleadingly mild warnings. Many commentators wanted them in jail for years, nonetheless.

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Photo Of The Day

Photo: BBC. On 1 April 1957, the BBC current affairs programme Panorama hoaxed the nation with a report about the annual spaghetti harvest.

Photo: BBC.
On 1 April 1957, the BBC current affairs programme Panorama hoaxed the nation with a report about the annual spaghetti harvest.

The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest

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Deception and Demoralisation

Karl du Fresne talks of deception and demoralisation amongst the left in the wake of Dirty Politics and the so-called Moment of Truth.

I WONDER, was this the most demoralising election result ever for the New Zealand left?

There was an excited buzz in the left-wing blogosphere and in social media in the weeks leading up to the election. There seemed to be a sense that victory was in their grasp, even when the polls suggested otherwise. But they were cruelly deceived.

Their optimism is easily explained. In the early stages of the campaign, they saw the fallout from Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics dominating the news bulletins night after night.

After that firestorm had abated, the media turned its attention to Kim Dotcom’s Moment of Truth, with its dazzling line-up of high-profile journalists and leakers from overseas, all eager to tell us how morally bankrupt our government was.

Those on the left observed the adulation heaped on Hager, who was lionised at speaking engagements. They thrilled at the big turnouts attracted by Dotcom and his incongruous handmaiden, Laila Harré. And they deduced from all this that an unstoppable momentum was building, the inevitable result of which would be the unceremonious dispatch of the Key government.

They were wrong. It was a massive indulgence in wishful thinking, and it must have made the left’s defeat even more crushing psychologically.

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Looks like Dunedin City Council will have a use for those shackles after all…

Looks like Dunedin City Council will have a use for those shackles after all.

A fraud probe is looking into whether dozens of Dunedin City Council vehicles were sold over the past decade, and the proceeds pocketed.

Profits from the purchase and sale of Citifleet vehicles, allegedly amounting to more than $1 million, were being investigated, Stuff has been told.

Council chief executive Dr Sue Bidrose said last month that an investigation into the unit by accountancy firm Deloitte was under way after irregularities in the internal recording of council-owned vehicles was discovered.

In a blog to council staff, Bidrose indicated the council was looking at a major fraud inquiry that could dent ratepayer trust.

The council was bracing itself for the findings of the probe, which was expected to reflect negatively on its financial management, she said.

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Missing an important name

The Sunday Star-Times has an article about CV fraud.

But they are missing an important name from their list of dodgy ratbags who cheated and enhanced their CVs.

An Auckland private investigator claims 80 per cent of CVs his firm is called in to check turn out to be false in some way.

Graham Aylett of Aylett Investigations cited the example of an applicant for a top job at an international hotel chain who claimed he had worked at a hotel in another country. Trouble was, the applicant had never actually been to that country.

Other private investigators and recruiters say while CV fraud is widespread, the number of CVs that prove to be either misleading or outright incorrect is more in the range of 15 to 20 per cent. They say private investigators often get called in once a company already has suspicions over a candidate.

It’s a problem that has been around for many years, both locally and overseas, and it reared its ugly head again last month when it was revealed Michael Vukcevic falsely claimed to have a law degree from Victoria University when he applied for the top job at multinational law and patent firm Baldwins.

CV fraud is actual fraud as it usually involves a better job than that which they are qualified for, or unqualified as these cases show.  Read more »

This will be handy for Matt McCarten

Foreign Policy has an article on “How to Justify Any Policy, No Matter How Bad It Might Be“.

This will be real handy for Matt McCarten as he deals with the two David Cunliffe’s, the one who tells business in private he will be moderate, and the very public lurching left David Cunliffe.

I think they may well have interviewed Winston Peters for some of these techniques.

Whatever your circumstances might be, here’s a simple 10-step program for excusing bad behavior. (It may also come in handy in your personal life, if you’re not good at resisting temptation or making sound decisions.)

Step 1: “It’s a lie. It never happened.”

When accused of bad behavior, the first instinct of many politicians (or their supporters) is denial. Bill Clinton told us he “never had sex” with “that woman” (Monica Lewinsky), and the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria at first denied that chemical weapons had even been used. Similarly, when Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) asked him about the NSA’s domestic surveillance activities, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper’s first response was to deny it was happening, a lie he later described as the “least untruthful” statement he felt he could make. Step 1 is tempting for an obvious reason: When a bald-faced lie works, the problem goes away.

Step 2: Blame someone else.

If you can’t hide what happened, blame it on someone else. This line of defense has at least two variants. The first option is to acknowledge that wrongdoing occurred, but pin the blame on one’s opponents. Once the use of chemical weapons was confirmed in Syria, for example, Assad’s defenders tried to pin the blame on the regime’s opponents. Similarly, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan now seems to think any criticism of his government or domestic political setback is the result of some sort of foreign conspiracy.

The second variation is to admit that somebody did something wrong, but pin the blame on subordinates. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie claims he knew nothing — “Nothing!” — about Bridgegate, while George W. Bush administration officials claimed that the abuses at Abu Ghraib were just unauthorized acts by low-level enlisted personnel. If you successfully make someone else the fall guy, the people at the top can skate away scot-free.  Read more »