Minister: ACC corruption case not over

Last updated 14:23 15/02/2011
Malcolm Mason
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GUILTY: Malcolm Mason leaves the Wellington District Court.

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ACC's former national property manager has admitted he took a bribe worth $160,000, was given a $9000 Singapore holiday and corruptly disclosed information.

Malcolm David Mason, 50, of Miramar, this morning pleaded guilty to three charges of corruption and bribery charges at Wellington District Court.

ACC Minister Nick Smith this afternoon welcomed the conviction but added the matter was not yet closed, with more parties still before the courts.

Mason pleaded guilty to corruptly disclosing information about security officer listings, corruptly accepting a gift in the form of a Singapore holiday and accepting a bribe.

The charges relate to two buildings, one in Wellington and one in Whangarei where ACC are tenants.

Mason had also forwarded on a confidential email from the government to a businessman who could have profited from it.

He will be sentenced next month.

The Serious Fraud Office laid charges in November last year after an investigation into property development and leasing arrangements involving ACC over a two and a half year period.

Mason was fired in March.

A second man charged has yet to face trial.

ACC Minister Nick Smith congratulated the SFO on securing the conviction.

"No system of internal audit will ever cover for a dishonest staff member," Smith said.

"It is an extremely serious matter when we have a public servant entrusted with public money acting in anything other than total integrity in securing services like building matters."

Smith said he was satisfied that ACC had reacted properly to the inappropriate behaviour its internal audits had exposed.

There were still parties before the courts over the matter who were subject to name suppression.

"This matter is not over yet and we should allow that court process to conclude."

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