Charges over alleged advertising scam

Last updated 11:18 19/12/2012

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Six people charged over a multi-million magazine scam by the Serious Fraud Office have been remanded until next year.

An investigation, led by the SFO included the Commerce Commission, Inland Revenue, Customs, police and the Organised and Financial Crime Agency, led to raids on properties in October.

It is alleged the scheme targeted charities, small businesses and national organisations selling advertising in bogus magazines that either did not exist or were produced in tiny numbers, netting $1.6 million over several years.

Wellington District Court judge Oke Blaikie remanded Tahea Samut of Auckland, Anthony Hendon of Motueka, Terran Dow, Noelene Banton of Auckland and Johannes Middeldorp of Auckland until March on bail to allow the filing of documents.

Name suppression on Banton and Middeldorp lapsed.

A sixth person, James Burns of Wellington, was remanded until June.

Their attendance at court today was excused by the judge.

They are charged with participating in an organised criminal group and fraudulently using documents.

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