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This topic deals with the Serious Fraud Office as it stands at July 2008.  At the end of this topic we set out the proposed changes in a new Bill introduced to Parliament. 

The NZ Serious Fraud Office (SFO) was established to undertake the detection, investigation and prosecution of serious and/or complex fraud.  That includes:

  • all fraud involving over $500,000;
  • all fraud perpetrated by complex means;
  • any other complaint of fraudulent offending which is, or is likely to be, of major public interest or concern.

The Director has full discretion in the selection of cases.

Experienced investigators and forensic accountants work together on investigations, under the overall supervision of the senior management team.

Prosecutors are also assigned to each investigation to advise on legal issues, including the exercise of the SFO powers.

In all, the Office comprises some 40 staff. Although based in Auckland, the office operates throughout New Zealand.

We provide you with a direct link . . . .

We also provide you with a direct link to the Government legislation site where you can look up ALL Acts of Parliament and Regulations and Rules. An Act is also known as a Statute. A Regulation is also sometimes known as a Rule. This Government legislation site is still going through some teething problems. But you will be able to access all legislation and find specific Acts and Rules and individual sections.

Statutory Regulations
Local & Private Acts

We also provide you with a direct link to the Website for the Serious Fraud Office. Just click on :

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