February 24, 2024

A respected South Auckland JP accused of being part of an elaborate international investment scam has been charged with 10 counts of money laundering in alleged offending involving nearly $1.8 million and 10 separate victims.

Detective Senior Sergeant Ryan Bunting, of Waitematā CIB, told the Herald the man was arrested on Tuesday after police executed a search warrant at his South Auckland home.

“Police making enquiries at the address located and seized a number of documents and computer equipment believed to be linked to the alleged offending.

“As a result of these enquiries, a 72-year-old male was arrested at the address and charged.”

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The JP can currently be searched on the ‘Find a JP’ website and as a warranted justice official can legally certify anti-money laundering documents for finance companies.

He was charged with 10 counts of money laundering, which allegedly involves $1.775m and 10 separate victims.

The man, who is also a director and shareholder of multiple companies, is due to appear in Manukau District Court this week.

If convicted he could face up to seven years in prison.

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Bunting said the Waitematā Financial Crime Unit had “zeroed in” on a million dollar fake investment scam that was duping New Zealanders out of their life savings.

Police had engaged with international law enforcement agencies as part of the complex investigation and would continue to do so as enquiries progressed.

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