Perjurer has sold interest in SIDF

EMMA BAILEY
Last updated 07:00 10/06/2014

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An Ashburton businessman whose perjury "threatened the integrity of the justice system", no longer works at South Island Dairy Farmers (SIDF), where his offending occurred.

Paul Michael Brown, 55, was sentenced on Friday in the Timaru District Court on a charge of perjury and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Brown owned SIDF, a South Island-wide specialist dairy livestock company. However SIDF chairman Lee McDonald said in a statement Brown had sold his interest in May 2012 and ceased being a director of the company in May last year.

McDonald did not return the Timaru Herald's calls yesterday to clarify when Brown ceased to be a livestock agent for the company.

"Neither our existing livestock agents, the current directors nor management, nor staff, were involved in this incident which took place in 2009 and led to Mr Brown's perjury charges," McDonald said in his statement.

In 2008 Brown, through SIDF, entered into a contract with a couple to buy 62 calves at $1150 per head but the contract was cancelled.

Brown argued the contract had not been mutually terminated. In 2009 Brown took civil proceedings against the couple. He said that, when the contract fell through, he had had to sell the calves for $450 each, as a result, losing $50,000.

It was later discovered Brown never on-sold the calves for $450. In fact, he had sold them for $1450 a head.

His dishonesty came to light through the civil proceedings. Brown created a false invoice showing the sale of the calves, which led to the charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Brown perjured himself by filing an affidavit claiming he had sold the calves, but the sale had fallen through so he had purchased them back.

Judge Joanna Maze sentenced Brown to nine months' home detention and ordered him to pay $25,000 reparation to the victims.

"The indirect victim is society as a whole, who have a vested interest in the integrity of the justice system and the integrity of the courts. It was that system that you played with when you did what you did."

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- The Timaru Herald

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