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White collar crime ‘rampant’ as nearly 900 fraud complaints go uninvestigated

From stuff.co.nz

Businesses are spending thousands of dollars on private investigators to probe white collar crime because police won’t touch fraud cases unless they are “gold plated”, sources say.

Figures released under the Official Information Act show that as at July 28, there were 888 files where a possible fraud or deception offence had been committed, but was yet to be assigned for investigation.

One business owner who detected an alleged theft by an employee was told by police they did not have resources to initiate a prosecution.

Police Association president Chris Cahill said the number of fraud files yet to be assigned was a “total reflection” of the lack of resources and overload of work shouldered by the police’s investigative units.

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https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/95319723/white-collar-crime-rampant-as-nearly-900-fraud-complaints-go-uninvestigated

Every year the IRD identifies about $1.2 BILLION in fraud committed by NZ business people … and Welfare fraud? … $30 million

“Every year the IRD identifies about $1.2 BILLION [fraud]committed by NZ business people .
Yes..EVERY year.
It discovers around $30 million in welfare fraud (tiny by comparison)
Yet , as Dr Marriott discovered – welfare fraudsters are far more likely to be sent to prison than white collar criminals.” Remember our PM is a banker … our country has been heisted by corporate money interests & our welfare state is seriously in demise, thanks to the aforementioned!”
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Welfare fraudsters are more likely to be sent to prison than white collar criminals who account for far more dollars lost than the former

Tax Fraud Vs Welfare Fraud
I’m on the board of the Bruce Jesson Foundation which supports investigative journalism and each year funds a lecture on some aspect of society.
This year’s lecture was by Dr Lisa Marriott from Victoria University Business School on her investigation into how and why white collar tax fraud is treated far more leniently than welfare fraud.

The size of the problem?
Every year the IRD identifies about $1.2 BILLION committed by NZ business people .
Yes..EVERY year.

It discovers around $30 million in welfare fraud (tiny by comparison)

Yet , as Dr Marriott discovered – welfare fraudsters are far more likely to be sent to prison than white collar criminals.

You can find her lecture here by clicking here (or watch below):

http://www.brucejesson.com

If you would like to support the work of the Bruce Jesson foundation you can also find the details on the site

Published on Oct 25, 2016

Why are those less advantaged in New Zealand society treated differently from those who are in relatively privileged positions? Why are white-collar tax evaders treated differently to welfare fraudsters? In the Annual Jesson Lecture in Politics for 2016, Dr Lisa Marriott considers the circumstances where this occurs, aiming to highlight and challenge issues of equity, privilege, and the construction of crime and criminals in New Zealand.


Check out our Banking pages, also Corporation pages for related information, or search ‘categories’ at left of any page. Remember these facts when next you see the mainstream media bashing beneficiaries or the poor. It’s an age old tactic … and remember also who owns the media.

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WINZ takes ‘let them eat cake’ to a whole new level – while white collar corporate criminals go free

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NZ Govt taking ‘let them eat cake’ to a whole new level

This really takes the cake so to speak, bringing ‘let them eat cake’ to a whole new level! The Daily Blog reports on the reception a legally blind woman had from her case worker recently in Auckland. Firstly she says to her “you don’t look blind” then she pulls out a piece of paper, hands it to her, folds her arms and demands she read it and prove her wrong! These are the depths to which our government/corporate offices have sunk nowadays. Bonuses are earned (I’ve heard from a former WINZ worker) by those who manage to save the company funds.

There are humane workers at WINZ offices who respect people. But there are also many, unfortunately, like this poor specimen, who humiliate and denigrate their customers (forgetting that without their customers they would have no job themselves). These stories have been rolling out of late with the current homelessness crisis and people sleeping rough in the cities, or in their cars even. We’ve also heard stories of people with cancer and leukemia being told to look for work, the latter in particular, a man with two children to support, and at the time sick in his hospital bed.

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White collar crime is responsible for far more tax dollars lost than benefit fraud

This attitude reflects the great disrespect our corporately biased system has for the lower income bracket particularly those without jobs and in this case, the disabled. White collar workers on the other hand, who defraud the system are treated very favourably, particularly by the justice system.
Dr Lisa Marriott, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Accounting and Commercial Law at Victoria University, has stated that:

“Benefit fraud cost New Zealand $22 million in 2010, or around $5 for each New Zealander. While it is difficult to get accurate figures for tax evasion, the Tax Justice Network estimates New Zealand missed out on more than $7.4 billion of tax revenue in 2011, or around $1,500 per New Zealander…

So the figures for tax evasion are phenomenal while they are relatively small for benefit fraud…”

On top of all this the corporate media makes much of the vilified beneficiary who cheats the tax payer of the said $5, whilst it seldom if ever mentions the white collar criminal who cheats the same for $1500. Indeed it quite blatantly misleads the NZ public with its failure to mention these stats, stirring up hatred and disinfo against the less fortunate in our midst.

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Prime Minister Key who doesn’t believe we have a homeless problem

So much for justice and equity in our once prosperous welfare state.  And let’s not forget, we once had full employment in this nation of ours. There was a job for everybody. And what happened to change that? It wasn’t the fault of people on benefits as the corporate media often subtly misleads us to believe. Let’s lay the blame squarely where it belongs…Rogernomics and the new neoliberal experiment … irresponsible governments that borrowed us into the big black hole we are now in. That has left an ever widening gap between rich and poor, and a crisis of homelessness that isn’t going to go away any time soon. Finally, keep in mind we are a corporation and corporations are about profits and not people.

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