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Former Fraser Health CEO won’t be charged with criminal fraud

12 July 2019 Vancouver Sun - Pamela Fayerman
Dr Nigel Murray

Former Fraser Health CEO Dr. Nigel Murray won’t have to face criminal fraud charges in New Zealand over his expenses after all.

A year-long investigation by that country’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) fizzled out this week when it was announced by SFO director Julie Read that it would be too costly to prove criminal charges beyond a reasonable doubt and was therefore not in the public interest. Read mentioned that investigators would have to, among other things, travel to Vancouver, and the public interest did not warrant such expenditures.

It’s unclear why it took so long to reach this conclusion.

Murray, who filed some unusual expense claims when he was the CEO here – prompting several changes – moved to Canada from NZ in 2007 and then moved back to NZ in 2014 after he resigned his post with Fraser Health.

As New Zealand Herald journalist Natalie Akoorie has reported exhaustively, Murray billed taxpayers for large amounts of unjustified, unapproved expenses like personal travel and leisure for which he has repaid some funds. Akoorie has done a stellar job covering the often incredulous expenses and Murray’s downfall.

Her latest story about the disgraced Murray is here.

I suspect this is the last time we will hear about Murray in any public health system leadership roles.

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