1 Dec 2010

Former public agency director guilty of fraud

3:02 pm on 1 December 2010

An Auckland chartered accountant convicted of fraud has been named as a former director of the Auckland Regional Transport Authority and former Crown research institute HortResearch.

Mark Joseph Benjamin, 45, lost his case for continued name suppression at the High Court in Auckland on Wednesday.

He was found guilty of seven charges of accessing a computer system for a dishonest purpose.

He tampered with the payroll system at his workplace in 2006 to add $10,000 to his $165,000 salary and increase his holiday pay entitlement.

Benjamin is due to be sentenced later this month.