1 May 2009

Man behind massive fraud seeks appeal

9:35 pm on 1 May 2009

The man who orchestrated the country's largest employee fraud, has lodged an appeal against the length of his non-parole period.

Michael Swann and Kerry Harford defrauded Otago District Health Board of $17 million over six years while Swann worked there as IT manager.

Swann spent most of the $15 million he defrauded out of the board on luxury cars, boats and property.

A further $1.7 million went to Harford, his friend and co-offender.

Earlier this year, Swann was sentenced to nine and a half years' jail, with a minimum non-parole period of four and a half years.

He has lodged a notice of appeal with the Court of Appeal in Wellington, seeking to reduce the non-parole period.