This blog has suddenly been woken from the dead by someone called Te Ma’imi purporting to be legal counsel for a chap called Alex Savage who runs a directory called NZBOL.

I wouldn’t normally create a page for Alex Savage because he’s done nothing to attract attention with his directory but as his counsel is claiming I’ve slandered him I feel I need to have my information in one place.

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Not an online scam – but one being fought online. Lets just hope Grant King has actually been able to go straight as claimed in the article.

A fraudster’s victim who fought back has won a landmark battle to name and shame the man who scammed him and dozens of others. Nearly two and a half years ago, Steve Taylor contracted Grant Norman King to build a sleepout for his elderly father behind the family home in West Auckland. Taylor paid three-quarters of the price – $23,500 – as a deposit. The sleepout was never built and the money was not returned. In a bid to get even, Taylor brought civil proceedings against King but when the cost of continuing the case became prohibitive, he took a different tack, setting up the website with the intention of warning others who might be drawn in. Within months other victims were clamouring to tell their stories and it was not long before Taylor built a comprehensive timeline of King’s offending.

Full article: Judge backs blogger’s fight against fraud


FWIW While I’ve met Steve Taylor, and haven’t met Grant King, I was unaware of this issue until today.

Sonia Klair started an online directory called NZ Look after she left NBO. From an outsider’s perspective both were being run as pro forma scams although Klair strenuously denied it. The Police, however, have had a successful proscecution and Sonia Klair has been handed down home detention.

Whatever your opinion of home detention it is a good day for small NZ businesses to have this prosecution. Both Klair and (ex?) husband Shallendra Singh relied on the individual loss being too small to warrant legal action – but they had so many successful hits (victims) that their income was significant.

NZ Herald: Home detention for $700k fake invoice scam

A former company director who fleeced $719,000 out of her victims by sending out false invoices has been sentenced to 10 months home detention.

Sonia Klair appeared at the Auckland District Court yesterday after pleading guilty to 64 charges brought by the Commerce Commission under the Crimes Act.

Between July 2008 and August 2010, Klair ran a business called NZ Look Ltd which engaged in false billing practices, also known as pro-forma invoicing.

A New Zealander wanted for his role in an international money-laundering and investment scam that cheated hundreds of investors in this country and overseas is believed to be hiding in the Middle East.

Wayne Leslie Davidson, 63, was the New Zealand connection in a US-based, four-man money-laundering and investment fraud involving the sale of bogus railroad bonds and “obscure” pre-revolution Chinese Government bonds, United States prosecutors say.Continue reading