Menu
Fraud case diary: witness questions signatures

Fraud case diary: witness questions signatures

In the Dunedin High Court this week, former Otago District Health Board CIO Michael Swann and businessman Kerry Harford are each facing three fraud charges. Here are the proceedings so far: Monday

Jury selected.

Tuesday

NZPA and the Otago Daily Times report lawyers for Swann and Harford said neither acted dishonestly or intended to defraud. The Crown alleges the pair billed the DHB for IT insurance, maintenance and support services from Harford-owned companies, but the services were never provided. The companies received $16.9 million in total of which Swann retained 90%, the Crown said.

The central issue of the trial is intent. Swann and Harford deny they ever intended to defraud, even if Swann did breach his employment contract.

The DHB's former finance manager, and the man to whom Swann was supposed to report, says he never heard of Sonnford Solutions.

Wednesday

Former board CEO Bill Adam gave evidence by videolink. He told the court he was aware of contracted IT work but not of the company connected with the accused Kerry Harford, Sonnford Solutions.

Some of the contracts with the company dated to his time as CEO. He said if they were as significant as they appear they should have been drawn to his attention and approved by the board. He said they should also have been recorded on the board's register of contracts.

Thursday

A DHB accountant, Murray Ball, told the court invoices from Sonnford Solutions arrived in an "unusual" manner, being personally delivered by Swann, who asked for immediate payment. He says he was told Sonnford was a dealer in software licences.

A forensic document examiner told the court all but one of the 29 signatures on cheques to Computer South, Swann's company, appeared not to be genuine.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Featured

Slideshows

Meet the leading female front runners of the Kiwi channel

Meet the leading female front runners of the Kiwi channel

Reseller News honoured the leading female front runners of the New Zealand channel at the 2018 Women in ICT Awards (WIICTA) in Auckland. The awards honoured standout individuals across seven categories, spanning Entrepreneur; Innovation; Rising Star; Shining Star; Community; Technical and Achievement.

Meet the leading female front runners of the Kiwi channel
Meet the top performing customer-centric Microsoft channel partners

Meet the top performing customer-centric Microsoft channel partners

Microsoft honoured leading partners across the channel following a year of customer innovation and market growth in New Zealand. The 2018 Microsoft Partner Awards recognised excellence within the context of the end-user, spanning a host of emerging and established providers.

Meet the top performing customer-centric Microsoft channel partners
Reseller News launches new-look Awards at 2018 Judges’ Lunch

Reseller News launches new-look Awards at 2018 Judges’ Lunch

Introducing the Reseller News Innovation Awards, launched to the channel at the 2018 Judges’ Lunch in Auckland. With more than 70 judges now part of the voting panel, the new-look awards will reflect the changing dynamics of the channel, recognising excellence across customer value and innovation - spanning start-ups, partners, distributors and vendors.

Reseller News launches new-look Awards at 2018 Judges’ Lunch
Show Comments