A tosser and a fraudster

November 19th, 2011 at 9:59 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

A welfare fraudster who travelled the world for two years courtesy of the taxpayer has taunted Social Development Minister Paula Bennett in an online video. …

Freedom left for Australia in April 2009, but his benefit payments were not stopped until last January, allowing him to visit Europe, the Balkans, Britain, Africa and Asia.

He received nearly $28,000 in benefit payments over two years.

He contacted the Weekend Herald by email, drawing attention to the video. He said he was in the Netherlands, and would return to New Zealand eventually.

He was “indifferent” to prosecution.

I’m not indifferent to it. I’m all in favour.

He says that when he first claimed the $90-a-week benefit while living in Hawera, it was not enough to live on.

If he is claiming it is $90/week, he is again lying. If you are aged over 25 it is $201.40 net a week or $225.03 gross.

In the video, Freedom admits he fraudulently filled out a tenancy agreement to claim a greater benefit of $290 a week, but claims it was only in exasperation with Work and Income.

I admit I punched Mr Freedom in the face 27 times, but it was only in exasperation with him being a doofus.

Ms Bennett said it was the National Government’s Future Focus reforms – which required all who had been on the dole for a year to reapply – which cut Freedom’s payments.

One of the many reforms Labour fought against.

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24 Responses to “A tosser and a fraudster”

  1. Jimbob (641 comments) says:

    David I think you meant to say $201.40 net per week, not $20.140.

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  2. Mark (1,488 comments) says:

    They should seek extradition of this clown once he is in a country that has the appropriate treaty. He is an arrogant arse and a fraudster who needs to be made an example of.

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  3. Elaycee (4,392 comments) says:

    Jeez – for a few seconds I thought this heading may have referred to the leader of one of our minority parties…. :D

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  4. Nookin (3,341 comments) says:

    Don’t worry Mr Freedom. Labour and the Greens will look after you. They really do love you and will succour and cherish your absolute right to suck off the public tit, lie, cheat and steal till the cows come home. A thought though – while you were bleeding the taxpayer, did you give any thought to those who really do need help from what is really a limited source and who stand to be coloured by your own dishonesty? Or are you a singularly selfish, greedy arsehole with a monumental sense of entitlement?

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  5. Nookin (3,341 comments) says:

    And a question for Sue Bradford and others – was the termination of this benefit “beneficiary bashing”?

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  6. Spam (588 comments) says:

    And why exactly are the Herald giving this guy any oxygen?

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  7. dime (9,972 comments) says:

    so this loser makes a video, no one looks at it. so he has to contact the herald and say “look at me look at me”. not realising hes helping paula bennett by once again showing the benefits of the new rules she bought in?

    no wonder hes unemployable.

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  8. Longknives (4,741 comments) says:

    This prat is just the tip of the iceberg- there are thousands more parasites like him fleecing the hard-working New Zealand taxpayer….

    And to think- Labour and the Greens would happily tax us more so they could throw more money at Mr ‘Freedom’ to fund his overseas travel…

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  9. Black with a Vengeance (1,861 comments) says:

    Erego the need for greater policing of ALL beneficiaries eh ?

    turning already stressed case managers at WINZ into private investigators, truant officers and punishment detail overseers.

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  10. Mark (496 comments) says:

    I would prefer it if we just didn’t allow this guy back into the country.

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  11. Andrei (2,644 comments) says:

    A welfare fraudster who travelled the world for two years courtesy of the taxpayer

    I thought this was going to be a post about Chris Carter

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  12. KevinH (1,227 comments) says:

    Petrus Van Druten aka Peter Freedom will eventually make a mistake and be caught by Interpol where he will be extradited to New Zealand to face fraud charges. When this happens he can expect no mercy from the courts in terms of name suppression and also in terms of the penalties for his type of offending, which will include reimbursement of the funds he openly admits to defrauding.

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  13. DavidC (179 comments) says:

    Ha I thought this was about Winnie!

    Cant the Govt just flag this pricks passport with a “please detain” notice?

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  14. B A Waugh (99 comments) says:

    I watched his video.

    He was very self serving and appears to be just saying it was all the Govt’s fault. If he had realized they were still paying him a a month or so after leaving NZ and he had told Winz to stop paying him everything would be fine. He goes and attacks Paula Bennett for not doing her job. Well I think she is doing her job quite well since under labour he would still be getting NZ Taxpayer funds.

    This man is a fool. Does he not realize that everything he says will be taken down in evidence and used against him. A prosecutor will just love playing this to a judge during trial and sentencing. The good thing is he is still alive and in good health so he may be able to pay us back before he retires.

    He is also a fool because he is making himself even less employable. Even a toilet cleaning job requires a person you can trust. Should a future employer search for him on google they will find his name and thus he will not get a job.

    Final question has anyone here gone and frozen his NZ bank accounts in case he still has funds in New Zealand.

    One final note, in his video he notes that he has a Dutch passport and makes no mention of a NZ passport. So sorry DavidC no detain notice.

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  15. tvb (4,418 comments) says:

    Paula has the knack Of gettIng great enemies. That labour part welfare slag was another. Go Paula

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  16. Anthony (796 comments) says:

    Maybe the Dutch government can pay back his benefit overpayment and he can stay there for the rest of his days – having him back in NZ will only cost the taxpayer more money one way or another!

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  17. Monique Watson (1,062 comments) says:

    What a dick. What’s wrong with walking to a job? You do it until you have saved or budgeted to afford transport.

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  18. Muzza M (291 comments) says:

    Just one of the many.

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  19. DRHILL (121 comments) says:

    Revoke his passport. Just don’t let the person back into the country. Lets see how he survives on his own.

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  20. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    Yes I was fairly sure he would speak Dutch and have a Dutch passport knowing some of his relations as I do.. He just exploited the slack systems. What he says about Paula is all true. Hope he enjoys his freedom.
    I doubt whether anyone writing here would walk two hours to work and back..Talk is cheap.

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  21. Longknives (4,741 comments) says:

    Sorry Joana- Are you actually defending this thieving asshole???

    By the way- I walk to work every day….takes me almost an hour (A hell of a lot cheaper than paying for parking in Auckland)

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  22. si_rangi (60 comments) says:

    Being from the big smoke of Hawera I heard a story about the tosser, he owed money for some work…the person who was owed the money suggested he might like to pay up or those pillars of society, the BPs might be popping around to say hello. Surprisingly he paid up…Got me thinking, maybe the govt should offer to send the boys round…

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  23. thedavincimode (6,759 comments) says:

    joana

    He was told to walk for one week until his first pay packet.

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  24. DavidC (179 comments) says:

    test

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