Police lose bid to seize Northland fraudster's KiwiSaver cash

Asia's Tech News Daily

Police lose bid to seize Northland fraudster's KiwiSaver cash

An attempt by police to seize some of convicted Northland fraudster Joanne Harrison’s KiwiSaver funds has failed in the Court of Appeal.

Harrison, who was jailed for defrauding the Ministry of Transport of more than $720,000, has lived in Britain since she was deported in 2019.

She also worked in senior management roles at the Far North District Council and Corrections while she was living at Waimate North, 17km southwest of Kerikeri.

For years the council maintained no concerns were raised during her time at the organisation, before admitting in 2020 she resigned after anomalies were discovered in her CV.

The council had also been tipped off to a fraud conviction from her previous job at Tower Insurance.

Police seized her Waimate North property, cash, a car and jewellery under the Criminal Proceeds Recovery Act.

Later, in 2019, she applied to access her KiwiSaver funds on the grounds of financial hardship.

The money was released but, before it was paid out, police tried to seize it under the Act and the funds were frozen.

When the Police Commissioner first filed an application in the High Court in 2017 for profit and assets forfeiture orders, it included the contents of Harrison’s KiwiSaver account. At that time it amounted to almost $110,000.

This application was declined under section 127 of the KiwiSaver Act, which prevents money being paid out to anyone who is not the account holder.

However, when Harrison successfully applied to withdraw some of the money two years later the Commissioner applied to the High Court for a restraining order on the $23,000.

At that time Harrison still owed $238,000.

The Court of Appeal, however, decided there was no provision under the Criminal Proceeds Recovery Act for the Commission to put a hold on the funds, and ruled the money was still subject to section 127 of the KiwiSaver Act despite being “cashed in” by the fund manager.

The judges also noted the relationship between the Criminal Proceeds Recovery Act and the KiwiSaver Act required urgent attention from Parliament.

A key argument made by police in the appeal was that criminals would simply transfer their funds into KiwiSaver accounts if they knew they could not be seized under the Criminal Proceeds Recovery Act.

Internet Explorer Channel Network
Asia's Tech News Daily
News Related


Canterbury's road toll highest in New Zealand

Canterbury has the highest number of road deaths heading into the holiday season. Police data shows 45 people have died on the regions roads in the past year – the ... Read more »

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on wedding plans: 'You'd have to ask Clark'

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is busy running the country, so it’s no surprise planning her wedding isn’t top of her to-do list. Ardern candidly spoke about her upcoming wedding to ... Read more »

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Bulls chews over changes under red light setting rules

By Jimmy Ellingham of RNZ Businesses in the Rangitīkei town of Bulls are getting to grips with operating under red light restrictions from Friday. Some are getting ready to scan ... Read more »

Newstalk ZB: Jeremy Ward on new electric ferry

Newstalk ZB Wellington Mornings host Nick Mills talks to East By West Ferries managing director Jeremy Ward on their new electric ferry. Video / Newstalk ZB Read more »

Wellington police hunt for three dangerous drivers spotted tailgating through Upper Hutt

Police are investigating the “incomprehensible” driving of three people who were spotted tailgating each other around Upper Hutt. Sergeant Malcolm Lindsay says it’s “hard to believe” no one was injured ... Read more »

Opinion: Better system of measuring social housing issues needed

Weekly column by Kāpiti Mayor K. Gurunathan There is a small stretch of bush between the Paraparaumu Library building and the Kāpiti Community Centre. Although it borders a well-trodden footpath ... Read more »

Covid-19 Delta outbreak: New location of interest in Wellington as Covid-19 spreads to South Island

A new location of interest has been recorded in Wellington and the Ministry of Health is urging people to monitor themselves for symptoms. The Brentwood Hotel in Kilbirnie appeared on ... Read more »

Iwi will be first in line to buy South Taranaki District Council land

Iwi are set to be at the front of the queue to buy any property sold by South Taranaki District Council. The council is reviewing how it buys and sells ... Read more »

Couple caught by Dutch military while trying to fly home to Spain

Dutch military police arrested a husband and wife Sunday who had left a hotel where they were being quarantined after testing positive for Covid-19 and boarded a plane to fly ... Read more »

Air NZ gearing up for busy holiday period

Air New Zealand chief customer and sales officer Leeanne Geraghty says they are gearing up for a busy period and will be carrying 300,000 people around Aotearoa between December 15 ... Read more »

Latest sports headlines: Warriors nab Broncos utility

All the latest sporting headlines for December 1. Warriors nab Broncos utility The New Zealand Warriors have signed Auckland-born Broncos utility back Jesse Arthars on a one-year deal. The 23-year-old, ... Read more »

Fire breaks out at house in Christchurch

Firefighters battled a well-involved fire at a house in Christchurch last night. Emergency services were called to the fire at a property in King St, Sydenham at about 11pm. Emergency ... Read more »

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Victorian emergency nurse dies after catching virus

A frontline Victorian nurse has died with Covid and been described as an “unsung hero”. Mother-of-three Gillian “Jill” Dempsey had been an emergency department nurse at the Angliss Hospital in ... Read more »

Ghislaine Maxwell sex trafficking trial: Jeffrey Epstein's pilot says he saw nothing untoward

A longtime pilot for Jeffrey Epstein told a jury at Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial that he never saw evidence of sexual activity on planes as he flew his boss ... Read more »

Nicola Alpe: Why humour is the sexiest quality in a partner

OPINION: Who doesn’t love a good laugh? I certainly do. There aren’t many in my circle whom I have never enjoyed a belly laugh with, that’s how important laughter is ... Read more »

Palmerston North's Grant Smith: Five recipients for Civic Honour Awards

OPINION: As the countdown to Christmas and the holiday season begins, it was great we were finally able to acknowledge our 2021 Civic Honour Award winners on Monday. The conferrals ... Read more »

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Whanganui events cancelled following traffic light announcement

Whanganui’s move onto red in the Covid-19 traffic light system on Thursday night left local event organisers with some tough decisions to make. The biggest casualty was the Boxing Day ... Read more »

Golf: Tiger Woods has little to offer on past accident or future in golf

Tiger Woods had nothing to say about the February car crash that shattered his right leg and he had even less of an idea what his future in golf holds ... Read more »

Focus: NZ Delta Outbreak | Tuesday 30th November Wrap

There were 134 new cases today, 116 in Auckland, 8 in Waikato, 9 in Bay of Plenty and 2 in Nelson-Tasman. Video / NZ Herald Read more »

Kiwi mum Mary Benedito allegedly strangled by ex-partner on Gold Coast

A Kiwi woman who was allegedly strangled by her ex-partner at a Gold Coast hotel has been described as an “amazing” mother. Mary Benedito, 25, was found unresponsive at the ... Read more »

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Rotorua hotel, tourist attraction new locations of interest

Covid in Bay of Plenty• Businesses prepare for new traffic light system• Red start in traffic light system for Lakes DHB• Orange decision a ‘relief’ for Tauranga businesses• Prime Minister ... Read more »

Covid 19 Omicron outbreak: New variant spread faster than anyone thought

New findings about the coronavirus’s Omicron variant made it clear that the emerging threat slipped into countries before their defenses were up Two distant nations announced their first cases and ... Read more »

Interislander ferry Aratere won't be fully operational until next year

An engine part needed to get the Interislander’s Aratere ferry back sailing at full steam isn’t likely to be installed until next year, leaving only one of the three ships ... Read more »

Kiwi mum Mary Benedito allegedly strangled by partner on Gold Coast

A Kiwi woman who was allegedly strangled by her ex-partner at a Gold Coast hotel has been described as an “amazing” mother following her tragic death in hospital. Mary Benedito, ... Read more »

The Hits: My new title is Fisher Outer

I’ve got a new job title. I am now officially the head of the “fisher outer of any bugs in a pool” department. It appears according to those I must ... Read more »

Air New Zealand giving away seats on direct New York flight in Christmas draw

Don’t tell Santa, Frodo isn’t real. On the first day of Christmas Air New Zealand has revealed a daily festive giveaway, rewarding travellers with international airfares and Christmas surprises. Better ... Read more »

On the first day of Christmas Air New Zealand gave away...

Read more »

Wellington house prices: Singles driven out of the property market, as values jump 60 per cent

Accelerating house prices in the capital are making it nearly impossible for single people to get on the market, says a Wellington mortgage broker. The capital’s new rateable values (RVs) ... Read more »

Fonterra Brands' Eltham Bridge Street wins international awards

An Eltham cheese factory has won international awards for its Kāpiti cheeses. Fonterra Brands’ Eltham Bridge Street Cheesemakers had a number of their cheeses win at the International Cheese and ... Read more »

Stratford creative studio gets into the Christmas spirit

A Stratford creative studio is getting into the Christmas spirit. Verdigris Creative Studio owner Sue Hogan has created a macrame Christmas tree to hang in the shop’s front window. “Macrame ... Read more »

Football Ferns break drought with courageous win over South Korea

The Football Ferns broke their long losing drought on Tuesday night, with a memorable 2-0 win over South Korea. It was a courageous effort from the New Zealand side, who ... Read more »

Wellington City Mission says demand increasing as Christmas draws closer

The Wellington City Mission is asking for luxury items and presents for teenagers as Christmas draws closer. Murray Edridge, Wellington City Missioner, told the Herald demand is high due to ... Read more »

Infrastructure: 'We weren't expecting that much demand'

Even Frank Allen was surprised. The uptake for the Dublin light rail system, running at street level, was so swift that the authorities soon extended the network and introduced longer ... Read more »

Continuous Disclosure: The rise of retail investors and shareholder activism

Sharemarkets are jittery again with news of a new Covid variant, rising interest rates and inflation. So how should investors – especially those entering the arena for the first time ... Read more »

Northlanders encouraged to donate new Kiwi books to Whangārei kids for Christmas

Whangārei residents are once again being encouraged to play Santa Claus by gifting the joy of reading to local children and youth in need. Kiwi Christmas Books is a nationwide ... Read more »

Whangārei company Stonewood Homes recognised at Reader's Digest Quality Service Awards

A Whangārei building company has been awarded the builders gold award in the Reader’s Digest Quality Service Awards. Stonewood Homes Whangārei has been recognised for its commitment to quality and ... Read more »

'At night I picture that gun aiming at us': Glen Eden resident has flashbacks, too scared to drive home

Flashbacks of a gunman pointing his firearm at a Glen Eden woman and her partner – while their young children were nearby – have haunted her as she tries to ... Read more »

Stratford event allows people to work on their basketball skills and get vaccinated

Basketballers had the chance to perfect their skills and get vaccinated over the weekend. On Friday the Taranaki Steelformers Mountainairs were in Stratford for their vaccination weekend. For the event, ... Read more »

Herald morning quiz: December 1

Test your brains with the Herald’s morning quiz. Be sure to check back on nzherald.co.nz for the afternoon quiz. To challenge yourself with more quizzes, CLICK HERE. Read more »

NorthTec needs to see vaccine passports before people can enter its facilities

Anyone going onto any NorthTec campus in Northland or Auckland will need to show proof of Covid vaccination status from Friday, when the new Covid Protection Framework – or traffic ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic