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The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) is the professional association and union uniting doctors and dentists in New Zealand.

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Frustration after SFO drops fraud case against former DHB head

5 July 2019 ASMS

The former MP who complained to the Serious Fraud Office about dodgy spending by a former Waikato DHB head, says the decision to stop investigating Nigel Murray sends the wrong message.

The SFO says it’s too expensive to build a criminal case against him, with investigations required in Canada.

Dr Murray was criticised by both Audit New Zealand and the State Services Commission for unjustified travel and accommodation claims, totalling more than $100 thousand, some of which has now been paid back.

Sue Moroney was a Labour MP when she complained to the SFO over Nigel Murray’s spending.

She says dropping the case basically says ‘if you want to misuse public funds, do it overseas, you will get away with it’.

Read more here: https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/2018702775/frustration-after-sfo-drops-fraud-case-against-former-dhb-head

The senior doctors’ union also questioned the move: Association of Salaried Medical Specialists executive director Ian Powell said it was not a good look for New Zealand’s justice system.

Read more here: https://www.odt.co.nz/news/national/rnz/sfo-decision-shows-well-paid-executives-get-lightly-union