Man in court over alleged bribery attempt

An Auckland man has appeared in court after he allegedly tried to bribe Auckland Council in the hope his application to subdivide a property would be granted.

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) said Johnson Yuejun Li appeared in the Auckland District Court on Tuesday on a charge of corruption and bribery of an official.

The charge brought by the SFO related to allegations of intent to influence an Auckland Council resource consents officer in November 2013 when Li was seeking consent for an application to subdivide a Hillsborough property.

The SFO said the council employee acted promptly to report the attempted bribe in accordance with council protocol.

While the sum of money offered in the bribe was not a "significant amount", the offence of attempted bribery was the primary concern, the SFO said.

The SFO would not say how much the 48-year-old offered as a bribe.

SFO director Julie Read said the office prioritised corruption and bribery matters to protect New Zealand's reputation as a safe place to invest and do business.

Li was due to appear in Auckland District Court on April 14.

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