Faked everything but thinks he can stay on

February 21st, 2014 at 12:21 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

A Palmerston North student union president has admitted to lying about his background, making up his name, purporting to be a former policeman and claiming fake university qualifications.

Association of Students at UCOL (AS@U) president Danny Goodman featured in a Manawatu Standard profile last week following his appointment as the polytechnic’s new student leader.

Goodman detailed his aims for the year and claimed his past experiences included 15 years in the police force – as a general duties officer in Kings Cross, Sydney, time with the New South Wales water police and as a criminal profiler for the New York police department.

He said he was from Wellington, spent some of his childhood in Australia, studied an associate degree in policing practice at Charles Sturt University and an honours degree in applied science from the University of New South Wales.

So what part of this was true?

Goodman said yesterday his real name is Darryl Newport, he was born in Motueka, has never lived in Australia and he made up the persona of “Danny Goodman” years ago. He said the “elaborate” tale quickly escalated and he regretted making it up, apologising to people affected by his deceit.

“This is a non-event; I’ve been caught out on a lie,” he said.

A non-event? You make up a fake persona??

Goodman said he had never campaigned on his fake background or included it on CVs and hoped to keep his position as president of AS@U because he felt his fabrication did not affect his ability to serve students.

You are not the person you claimed to be. Even your name is a lie. Of course you can not remain President. You have no credibility.

UCOL spokeswoman Christine Beech said Goodman is not a staff member, he has not used his claims for educational gains, and the polytechnic has no responsibility regarding his employment and would not be looking into it any further.

They probably fund the organisation though. Goodman is basically a fraudster. Does UCOL think paying money to an organisation headed by a fraudster is the best use of student fees?

Goodman contacted the Manawatu Standard after the profile was published to request corrections be made to some of the information he had fabricated, including the length of time he had worked with the New South Wales police.

This shows the extent of his pathological lying. He proactively went to the media to get them to correct fabricated information.

UPDATE: He has resigned

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20 Responses to “Faked everything but thinks he can stay on”

  1. Dave Guerin (29 comments) says:

    The guy resigned – story went up at noon http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/9749057/Student-body-in-damage-control-after-lies-exposed

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  2. Deborah Russell (155 comments) says:

    He has quit.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/news/9748350/Student-body-in-damage-control-after-lies-exposed

    Former Association of Students at UCOL (AS@U) president Daniel “Danny” Alexander Goodman, whose given name is Darryl Anthony Newport, admitted to fabricating an “elaborate” story about his past.

    He resigned yesterday, after earlier saying he hoped to carry on.

    ETA quote from today’s paper

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  3. Keeping Stock (9,791 comments) says:

    It’s good that Goodman has resigned. But if he needs another gig, there are a few jobs going in David Cunliffe’s office aren’t there?

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  4. mandk (711 comments) says:

    I understand David Cunliffe’s office has approached him with a job offer.

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  5. mandk (711 comments) says:

    @ Keeping Stock
    Great minds, eh?

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  6. Viking2 (10,738 comments) says:

    So born in Motueka and used the Goodman name. well Goodman’s are true blue Motueka people going way back to the early ships into Nelson.
    Built the Goodman Group from Motueka and the Goodman Property empire is run by a Goodman son.
    Sir Pat still lives there as I think does Peter his brother.

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  7. Ashley Schaeffer (336 comments) says:

    Take note Len. This lying arsehole realised his position was untenable and resigned. So can you.

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  8. gazzmaniac (2,270 comments) says:

    I wonder what David Garrett has to say about this?

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  9. Brian Smaller (3,915 comments) says:

    He is a lefty. Fake but accurate is acceptable to them.

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  10. Kimble (4,095 comments) says:

    Did he take all that work history from TV shows?

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  11. freedom101 (439 comments) says:

    He hasn’t said that he has worked with Daljit Singh and the Labour Party, so he must have!

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  12. Keeping Stock (9,791 comments) says:

    Dead right mandk. I was thinking that there could be a job for him rewriting David Cunliffe’s CV; he seems to have the pedigree :D

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  13. thedavincimode (6,133 comments) says:

    Did he organise the Fonterra merger?

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  14. adze (1,695 comments) says:

    What is it with dodgy student union presidents in this country?

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  15. sooty (49 comments) says:

    To do all of that, what is he 137yrs old and still at school. Don’t you think that’s a bit odd.

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  16. nickb (3,629 comments) says:

    Lol this reminds me of a guy in one of my classes at uni who was somehow involved in student politics. He spun such a web of lies that it eventually ended up in the news.

    Among them were:

    He got into Stamford medicine, but declined because he’d ather study law (at NZ’s shitty universities)
    He taught hand to hand combat to US Marines and Navy Seals (he was in his late 20s at the time)
    He had been detained at LAX for not “declaring himself a lethal weapon” due to his deadly martial arts skills
    He was some quadruple black belt world sensei etc in whatever he claimed to be an expert in

    etc etc

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  17. igm (880 comments) says:

    He would make a good Labour spokesman for justice, much better than the imbecile they have currently.

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  18. Gulag1917 (425 comments) says:

    How could Goodman have got away with it for so long, fooled so many people and who do the latter vote for.?

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  19. Dave Mann (1,127 comments) says:

    Is this one of Rob Gilchrist’s other personae?

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  20. Sponge (108 comments) says:

    I sometimes wonder how many of these Walter Mittys there are floating around NZ in jobs that actually have an impact on people. It is a bit scary really.

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