CAPSTONE PRINTING – A New Zealand publishing house is now the first to be fined for failing to report the deaths of three people in an online scam.
Key points:The company was fined $25,000 for failing on the safety of its staff in the early stages of a “scam”The business, Tyndales, is now facing charges that it failed to report deaths of its employees in the online scamIt was one of the biggest scammers ever seen in New Zealand.
Three people died in a series of fraudulent email and phone calls to the company’s staff, some of which were allegedly offered for sale.
Tyndale has been fined $24,000 and given a three-month jail sentence by the Crown for its role in the scam, which also involved a company called Vipassana.
The company’s director of communications, Ben Lillis, said the company would continue to work with authorities.
“We are fully cooperating with the authorities, including the New Zealand Coroners Service, and the Independent Commission Against Corruption,” he said.
“Tyndales has a strong safety record and we are taking every precaution to ensure it is safe for our employees to work on the Tyndals website.”
The company has been working to establish a trust fund for the victims, but Mr Lillus said it had not been able to establish that that was the best way of helping.
“Our focus is to make sure the victims of this fraud are not forgotten or left behind in the wake of this tragic tragedy,” he told reporters.
“If we can help them through the process of recovery, we will be able to do so.”
Tyndals is a publisher and distributor of print books in New England, Australia, and Europe, with offices in Canterbury, Auckland, and Christchurch.