A local business has been found to be embroiled in a serious fraud investigation.
Last week, it was announced through national media platforms that a fraud investigation is under way after the director of Cake Culture in Waiuku was awarded a multi-million dollar contract to build a sewage plant in Franz Josef after flooding last year took out its sewage ponds.
It was reported Techno Economic Services, a new business, was given the Westland District Council project in mid-2016, despite having no track record in waste management or construction services.
Techno Economic Service director and shareholder is Neha Bubna, who is also the director of Cake Culture, which has been closed since early March 2017.
A Serious Fraud Office investigation into the activities of the
Westland District Council assets manager, Vivek Goel, has begun. It was reported that
Vivek Goel organised tenders and supervised contracts for council projects such as wastewater treatment.