Magazine boss wanted over golf scam

ROB KIDD
Last updated 10:01 15/08/2012

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An Auckland golf magazine editor is being investigated after hundreds of people claimed they had been scammed.

Police are looking for a 63-year-old Orewa man, understood to be NZ Golf Gazette boss Lance Murray, and want to hear from anyone who has had dealings with him.

Detective Simon Eckersley of the Waikato Fraud Squad said police had been investigating one case of a credit card being "double dipped" when it became apparent the alleged offending was far more widespread.

Since then dozens of individuals and golf clubs across the country have complained to police.

"We understand the man ordered 1000 pairs of golf shoes and on-sold them to members of golf clubs in the Canterbury, Nelson, Taranaki, Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Auckland areas.

"Some people received their shoes while many didn't while the supplier was also left out of pocket," he said.

"One Auckland golf club had 40 to 50 members affected and we're now dealing with 67 independent victims who are both clubs and individuals from across the country."

Earlier this month New Zealand Golf chief executive Dean Murphy emailed golf clubs around the country asking anyone who had dealings with Murray to contact police.

"I personally spoke to Lance 10 days ago regarding the ongoing complaints received by our office. Lance assured me all was being rectified and that he would repay all monies immediately and fulfil all prize vouchers.

"He indicated that he was in personal contact with all people who had laid complaints and all was under control," the email said.

The email went on to claim Murray had since moved to Australia.

Murray could not be reached for comment this week.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Eckersley at the Hamilton police station on 07 858 6200 or email simon.eckersley@police.govt.nz.

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