Field to pay some of it baack

September 4th, 2012 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Disgraced former MP has been ordered to pay more than $27,000 to the Solicitor-General for unpaid work carried out on his homes.

Field was found guilty of 11 counts of bribery and 15 counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice in 2009, after he accepted work on his houses from Thai nationals in return for immigration assistance.

He was sent to jail for six years.

Following the case, the Solicitor General applied for Field to pay the money back – an amount he said was $58,000. Field argued it was only $15,000.

It is alleged the four New Zealand properties involved were sold at a profit of $387,500 after being held, on average, for about 18 months.

In a judgement released today, Judge Rodney Hansen ordered Field to pay back $27, 480 – the cost of painting and plastering at the properties, as well as the cost of tiling, painting and plastering at a home in Samoa.

Hopefully that money will make its way to the immigrant labour that worked for free or below minimum wage on his properties.

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13 Responses to “Field to pay some of it baack”

  1. Manolo (13,517 comments) says:

    But, but, but “he was only trying to help his constituents” in the words of former Dear Leader.
    The corrupt Samoan chief must pay this fine.

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  2. PaulP (144 comments) says:

    Hope he paid tax on that profit as clearly he bought them with the intention of quickly doing them up and flicking them on.

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  3. smttc (725 comments) says:

    He was still arguing that he did nothing wrong on Red Radio yesterday evening.

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  4. peterwn (3,238 comments) says:

    “Hopefully that money will make its way to the immigrant labour that worked for free or below minimum wage on his properties.”

    Presumanly the immigrants in question could make a claim at the employment tribunal. Once the amount has beern quaniified he can pay them out and would be justified in paying less to the Government. He could do this on his own volition anyway, and presumably the Government agencies would permit a reasonable payment to be deducted from the amount to be forfeited.

    Coming to think of it, some MP could put up a members bill allocating say 20% of amounts seized as proceeds of crime to be put in a victims’ pool.

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  5. david (2,570 comments) says:

    Is he still really a Taito?

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  6. hinamanu (2,352 comments) says:

    Brown politicians don’t know how to cover their tracks like white politicians and white politicians won’t let them

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  7. Elaycee (4,350 comments) says:

    hinamanu:

    Brown politicians don’t know how to cover their tracks like white politicians and white politicians won’t let them

    Thank you for confirming your membership of the moron club.

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  8. IHStewart (388 comments) says:

    From memory wan’t Field providing accommodation and food to the people working on the properties. I am not at all certain of his intention to commit fraud in this instance. However his treatment of donations does appear to leave a lot to be desired.

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  9. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    Given some of the robustly expressed opinions about how we disapprove of people agitating for more money at Burger King, I’m suprised that now we re in a tizzy about someone ripping off immigrant labour.

    I would have expected resounding support for the notion of getting free labour here at KB.

    (ps It was nice to bump into you at the weekend, David, but I’m back in blog-persona now – you horrible man).

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  10. Michaels (1,318 comments) says:

    Even though he was ordered to pay it back, maybe Winston could take a leaf out of Fields book. :)

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  11. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    I get theimpression that Field and Peters are very much on the same page. . . .Deny, Obfuscate, Delay and Blame.

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  12. MH (696 comments) says:

    he may be a Thaito bottom

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  13. BlairM (2,314 comments) says:

    I don’t think Field did anything morally wrong. It just happened to be illegal.

    The real issue is the hypocrisy of Labour supporting an ever spiraling minimum wage, yet defending this man for ignoring it. Phillip Field WAS only trying to help. Labour should not be supporting a high minimum wage, because it hurts people and rips out the lower rungs of the ladder that people need to move up in life.

    People ought to stop running down Field, and start running down Labour (and National) for their minimum wage policy. There is no way on earth that unskilled labour is worth $13.50 in today’s society.

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