19 Nov 2009

Dunedin man sentenced for kickbacks to fraudster

6:44 pm on 19 November 2009

A Dunedin businessman has been sentenced to home detention, after making corrupt payments of more than $750,000 to fraudster and former Otago District Health Board IT manager, Michael Swann.

Robin Sew Hoy, 48, admitted paying Swann the money between 2000 and 2006, in return for $4.7 million worth of help desk contracts with the ODHB.

At the High Court in Dunedin on Thursday, Justice Fogarty ordered Sew Hoy to pay $325,000 in reparation to the board, and spend 10 months on home detention.

Michael Swann denies corruptly accepting Sew Hoy's payments, and will face trial on the matter in Christchurch in March.

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