McCready wants out of bankruptcy early

MATT STEWART
Last updated 05:00 03/03/2014
Graham McCready
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HAWAII FIVE-O: Graham McCready in his home office.

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Serial litigant Graham McCready wants out of bankruptcy early so he can rekindle his relationship with his estranged daughters.

A thorn in the side of politicians, the retired Wellington accountant has launched a legal crusade against ACT MP John Banks over donations by Kim Dotcom for Banks' failed super-city mayoral bid in 2010.

On Friday Mr McCready's bid to prosecute Auckland Mayor Len Brown on bribery and corruption charges was thrown out by the solicitor-general.

In the 1980s, Mr McCready attempted a private prosecution against prime minister Robert Muldoon and in 2007 he targeted Labour MP Trevor Mallard, after a bust-up with National MP Tau Henare at Parliament.

Mr Mallard eventually pleaded guilty to fighting in a public place.

Last year Mr McCready, 69, pleaded guilty to blackmail, after threatening to expose claims that a company director was guilty of financial impropriety and mentally ill.

Mr McCready said he would keep quiet if the man surrendered his company position and signed over his majority shareholding.

The company sought Mr McCready's bankruptcy and in October he was declared insolvent for the second time.

Normally people are discharged from bankruptcy after three years but Mr McCready said he was pursuing early release primarily so he could renew his relationship with his two adult daughters - aged 37 and 40 - who both live in Canada and who he has not seen for 20 years.

Bankruptcy prevented him from travelling and was stopping him from getting on with his life.

Asked if he was confident he would get an early discharge from bankruptcy he said: "Who knows? I'm trying."

The company that bankrupted him had ultimately done him a favour though, he said. "Having charged me with blackmail and bankrupted me - they put me beyond their reach, they can't do anything more to me."

The bankruptcy discharge hearing will take place later this month in the High Court at Wellington.

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- The Dominion Post

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