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Convicted fraudster abandons name suppression

A convicted fraudster has abandoned his appeal for final name suppression and will continue to serve prison time while he waits for the result of an appeal against his sentence on tax fraud and other matters.

Christchurch man, Nigel Thompson, plead guilty to tax fraud, theft and deception and was sentenced in July to 2 years and 9 months in prison on charges brought by Inland Revenue (IR), the Crown, and the Ministry of/for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

Thompson appeared for sentencing in the Christchurch District Court after admitting multiple charges of theft, deception and tax fraud mainly relating to events between 2015 and 2019.

Thompson accepted he defrauded IR of about $287,000 meant for PAYE and Kiwi Saver. He also fraudulently claimed income tax refunds. About $138,000 remains outstanding.

Thompson appealed the judge’s refusal to grant final name suppression and the sentence handed down.

At the High Court in Christchurch on Thursday 14 September, Justice Anne Hinton confirmed Thompson’s name suppression was no longer in place and reserved her decision on the appeal against his sentence.

Thompson is prohibited from being involved in the management of a company for 5 years.

Last updated: 18 Sep 2023
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