28 Sep 2009

Corrupt payments admitted in High Court

12:48 pm on 28 September 2009

A Dunedin businessman has admitted making corrupt payments totalling $755,000 to a convicted fraudster at the Otago District Health Board.

Robin Sew Hoy, 48, pleaded guilty at the High Court in Dunedin on Monday.

The money was paid to the board's former IT manager, Michael Swann, between 2000 - 2006 to ensure his company, Innovative Systems Limited, provided helpdesk services to Otago DHB.

The helpdesk contracts totalled more than $4.7 million.

Sew Hoy was been granted bail until his sentencing on 19 November.

Swann is due to face trial in Christchurch in March charged with corruptly accepting the payments.

Swann is currently serving a nine and a half year jail term, after he and Queenstown surveyor Kerry Harford defrauded the Otago DHB of almost $17 million between 2000 - 2006.