The former chief executive of a winemaker has been charged with corruption for taking a kickback from a client.
Peter Scutts was charged by the Serious Fraud Office in the Auckland District Court this morning with 16 counts of dishonestly using a document and one count of receiving secret commissions.
Scutts, 58, is the former chief executive of the New Zealand Wine Company, and the charges allege he entered into an arrangement with an Australian customer to receive kickbacks from a supply deal.
Scutts remained chief executive until September 2012 when New Zealand Wine Company merged with NZAX-listed Foley Family Wines.
The SFO allege Scutts' board had no knowledge of this arrangement, through which Scutts received $64,000.
''New Zealand has a very good international reputation for low levels of corruption and SFO is determined this is maintained,'' acting SFO director Graham Gill said.
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