fraud

Double-dipper goes down

By GUY WILLIAMS An ex-Queenstown property manager who swindled two women of more than $230,000 has avoided jail. Matthew James Moller Christensen, 30, was employed in 2014 by Julie Jack to manage apartments at the Mantra Marina — now the Marina...

Silicon resort

By MATTHEW MCKEW International tech firms could soon have offices at a new Queenstown innovation campus, providing a piece of land can be found. Former developer Ross Allan, who brought Dell to New Zealand in the late ‘90s, says he’s lined up...

Fraudster out of the game

By GUY WILLIAMS A disgraced chiropractor living in Arrowtown who defrauded ACC of more than $130,000 denies he’s providing chiropractic services. Since revealing Matthew Richard Cochrane’s fraud convictions last month, Mountain Scene’s been bombarded by messages from readers about a house call...

Back-cracker’s ACC deceit

By GUY WILLIAMS A chiropractor who defrauded ACC of more than $130,000 is serving out a community detention sentence in Arrowtown. Matthew Richard Cochrane was convicted in the Auckland District Court in July after admitting eight charges of dishonestly using a document...

Hostel to hotel

By GUY WILLIAMS An Australian businessman charged with fraud is behind plans to build a 17-room high-end hotel on a prime lakefront site close to Queenstown’s CBD. Bumbles Holdings Ltd has applied for consent to build the five-storey Bumbles Hotel on...
Allegations of mismanagement at a Queenstown apartment complex have reached the Serious Fraud Office. Some disgruntled unit owners claim they're being ripped off. They claim some apartments are deliberately being let out more than others and lower-than-actual occupancy rates are being reported...
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