Sevens fraud reparation paid in full

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Sevens fraudster Richard Edgar Anderson has paid reparation in full to the Sevens with Altitude Committee.

Anderson, also known as Richard Edgar Joseph Anihana (53), appeared in the Queenstown District Court on September 22 before Judge Michael Turner after failing to meet a reparation deadline imposed in 2012.

He was sentenced to 10 months’ home detention and ordered to repay $48,601 in reparation within two years, after earlier admitting defrauding the national rugby sevens tournament of $64,000, in 2009 and 2010.

However, financial statements for the charity suggested Anderson had paid back less than 4% by April this year and still owed $47,021 at March 31.

The Otago Daily Times applied to the Queenstown District Court to view Anderson’s court file.

That application was rejected by Judge Turner on Friday on the basis ”that reparation has been paid in full”.

The minute from Judge Turner went on to say: ”I see no public interest or ongoing public interest in the matters in these circumstances”.

The Ministry of Justice confirmed to the ODT yesterday Anderson’s reparation was received on Thursday.

Committee chairman Clark Frew told the ODT on Monday he was not aware the payment had been made and was unable to comment further until he had received confirmation.

In court last month, property and business lawyer Russell Mawhinney said the sale of land in Thames owned by the Hakianihana Family Trust, of which Anderson was a trustee, was imminent, subject to approval from the Maori Land Court.

The purchaser was Anderson’s niece.

Mr Mawhinney told Judge Turner the sale and purchase price was $308,000, of which $133,000 would be given to Anderson’s niece.

The remaining money, minus a mortgage of $110,000 and legal fees, would be used to pay reparation.

Before his court appearance, a jet ski, trailer and 2003 BMW X5 were seized from Anderson’s Lake Hayes address by the Ministry of Justice.

In court it was found the jet ski and trailer did not belong to him and the BMW had been owned by three different people in the past six months, the most recent of them resident in Australia, but it was still in Anderson’s possession.

The ministry could not confirm if the BMW had been sold, or if its owner had lodged a claim for it.

Tracey.Roxburgh@odt.co.nz

– Otago Daily Times