The Crown has decided to let an alleged major drug supplier walk free rather than identify a police informer. South African Edward Wilcocks, 48, was one of three people facing charges relating to large-scale Ecstasy trafficking. The case also involved former Mr Asia figure Darryl Sorby, who pleaded guilty to his part in money laundering…

Police are under pressure to explain how they failed to match up the aliases of a well-known fraudster who stole millions from Work and Income. Lisa Donnelly was sentenced in the Auckland District Court last week for stealing $36,000 from a 92-year-old woman she was supposed to be caring for. Donnelly, who also uses the…

Tony Beach’s client, a mother of a disabled son, was charged by the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) with using a document (benefit claim forms) on two occasions to obtain a pecuniary advantage (a benefit for looking after her disabled son). The offence attracts up to 7 years imprisonment. The MSD alleged that, because another…

NZ POLICE v B – Major fraud sentencing where amount involved was over $450,000.00. No monies recovered from client or reparation orders made. I obtained specialist psychological reports which detailed several issues leading to offending. From a starting point of 4 ½ years imprisonment the judge imposed an end sentence of 3 years imprisonment given…

A client was charged under the Crimes Act 1961 with using a forged document and obtaining by deception.  The client had assisted a family member in his dealings with Work and Income.  There was evidence that the family member was, to some extent, mentally impaired.  Other members of the family brought accusations against Tony Beach’s…

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