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SFO charges accountant with $1 million fraud

Press Release – Serious Fraud Office

A former chartered accountant has appeared in the Auckland District Court on fraud charges brought by the Serious Fraud Office.Media Release

12 September 2018

SFO charges accountant with $1 million fraud

A former chartered accountant has appeared in the Auckland District Court on fraud charges brought by the Serious Fraud Office.

The SFO alleges that Christopher George Wright (62) filed tax returns on behalf of his clients and misappropriated refunds of about $1.01 million. The defendant is believed to have defrauded 245 clients over a six year period from January 2010 to April 2016.

Mr Wright entered no plea today. He is charged with one representative charge of ‘Theft by person in special relationship’.

The defendant has been remanded on bail to reappear at the Auckland District Court on 4 October.

If Christopher Wright was your accountant and you believe he may have stolen your tax returns, please contact the SFO by email: sfo@sfo.govt.nz.

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