Friday, August 27, 2010

KPMG Fraud Barometer

The recent 6-monthly fraud barometer report issued by KPMG Australia indicates little change in the six month period to June 2010.


  • Most common victim: Commercial business
  • Most common perpetrator: Staff member

Around half of those frauds involved manipulation of accounting data to misappropriate funds.

Download the report here.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Warning: Txts may b used against u

You may think when you delete your text from your phone that it's gone - but moves are under way to force telcos to keep texts for up to a year.

That would make the texts searchable by police, divorce lawyers and even other members of the public, using the Official Information Act and other laws.

Leading the charge to keep texts stored is the Office of the Ombudsman, which is receiving complaints from people wanting government bureaucrats to release details of texts used by their departments.

Deputy Ombudsman Leo Donnelly said the public's right to know about decisions and actions undertaken by government workers via text messaging was going to be a "growing issue".

Police are also pressing for telecommunication companies to be forced to store texts for longer.

Rest of article at Stuff News dated 22 Aug 2010.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Police launch website to help search for missing people

From Stuff (18 Aug 2010):

There are more than 350 long-term missing persons in New Zealand, not including the recent high profile disappearances of Carmen Thomas, Emma Campbell and Raymond Piper.

In an attempt to help detectives solve some of the outstanding files, police have today launched a dedicated missing persons' website.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Woman jailed for hiring hitman

A takeaway shop worker has been jailed for seven years after being found guilty of hiring a hitman to beat up her boss so she could take over his business.

In the High Court at Auckland yesterday, Justice Rebecca Ellis ordered 28-year-old Tania Aziz to serve a minimum of three and a-half years as the judge did not consider the normal parole period (two years) sufficient for the harm Aziz caused Brian Johnson, the Weekend Herald reported.

Rest of article on Stuff News dated 07 August 2010.

Tarot card readers used in missing girl case

It was recently reported in the Miami Herald, that a former private investigator to the family of a missing girl in Florida had regularly 'consulted' a team of tarot card readers to get leads.

You can read the story here.

The article briefly mentions that the team of tarot card readers had also provided leads on other missing persons cases including that of Haleigh Cummings who vanished in February 2009.

As of now, August 2010, neither Haleigh Cummings nor Caylee Anthony have been found which leads one to question the efficacy of consulting so-called 'psychic investigators'.

There is no room for fiction in a factual investigation.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


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