2 Mar 2011

Bribery accused loses name suppression

11:44 am on 2 March 2011

A man accused of bribing an ACC official has lost his bid for continued name suppression.

Gregory Hutt, the former manager of an office design and refit company, is accused of giving former ACC property manager Malcolm Mason $160,000 in return for information about a Whangarei property which the agency was considering leasing.

Mason has pleaded guilty to three charges and is due to be sentenced later this month.

Mr Hutt unsuccessfully sought name suppression until his trial. His lawyer said his 52-year-old client was concerned that publication of his name could adversely affect his business operations.

However Justice Young said those accused of white-collar crime were not exempt from the normal approach to name suppression and declined his application.