Wednesday, September 03, 2008

NZ First donations

The SFO has got the Spencer Trust accounts now. We hope they have them all. The Spencer Trust - which Winston Peters said he had never heard of, even though his brother was running it on behalf of his party - was formed in August 2005 and the $25,000 from Bob Jones was paid into the Spencer Trust on 19 August and then paid to NZ First a week later as part of a $50,000 payment from multiple donors.
The reference is D/C meaning it was paid by direct credit. But Jones wrote a cheque! Where was that cheque banked into? Does anyone know whether the "or bearer" was crossed out on the cheque? If not, the cheque was either doctored or NZ First has two Spencer Trust accounts. Who paid the blacked out money? Was this account set up to get the Bob Jones and others money and hide it from electoral authorities, given that Jones' money was the first entry in the account.

It's a fair bet that Helen Clark knew that Peters had broken the law before the privileges committee announced its inquiry.

This year, NZF filed a late donation return and used the ‘reasonable’ excuse for its lateness that they had to wait for Winston to return from overseas before they could file it. Is it false?

But what did Winston have to do with it?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

What did they ban you at the Stranded for ?

September 2, 2008 at 4:51 PM  
Blogger Swimming said...

telling the truth.

September 2, 2008 at 8:41 PM  
Blogger Thomas the Unbeliever said...

Are you assuming Spencer Trust account was first created on18/8/05? This statement does not say that.

The report (which appears to be a lawyer's trust a/c print out) is printed only for specific date range (18/8/05 - 7/9/05). I would assume (until proven otherwise) that the account has other transactions before and after this date which are not shown here.

The account starts with a $0 balance - but this is to be expected. I would assume that this is an account to pass money through, but not to hold - so it should generally have $0 balance.

BTW - the report shows Wayne Peters is the lawyer responsible for the client - but the lawyer responsible for this file is "GLC". Also this is the second file for this client (ref: 155309). I would guess the first file is probably the formation of the Spencer Trust - but perhaps not. There could be other files that have other transactions.

The SFO should have requested all the legal files relating the Spencer Trust - particularly any with transactional activity. The SFO have significant powers to troll through lawyer's files in a way the police et al cannot).

September 2, 2008 at 9:53 PM  
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September 2, 2008 at 9:54 PM  

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