Recruitment consultant ripped off foreign workers

July 29, 2016 | By More

Court House-07A Christchurch recruitment consultant has admitted ripping off mostly foreign workers for more than $20,000 and gambling away the money.

Craig Lawerence Dunn pleaded guilty to 20 fraud charges – obtaining money by deception and dishonestly using documents – in the Christchurch District Court today.

Judge Tom Gilbert remanded him on bail for sentencing on October 19.

He ordered a pre-sentence report and a referral for a restorative justice meeting which may involve apologies being given to 40-year-old Dunn’s Canstaff workmates.

The Probation Service will consider Dunn’s suitability for a home detention sentence.

Defence counsel Glenn Dixon asked for the sentencing to be held as late as possible because Dunn would get work as a landscaper in the meantime and wanted the chance to save money to pay “meaningful reparation”. He said Dunn was now doing problem gambling counselling.

Canstaff has repaid the money to 17 temporary workers ripped off by Dunn through his employment there, but victims remain out of pocket by more than $6000 from his other activities.

Dunn was employed as a recruitment consultant with Canstaff from May 2015 until February this year.

The firm placed temporary employees and received placement fees. Businesses also pay Canstaff for employees they decide to employ permanently. Dunn interviewed job applicants, placed them in work, and managed placement and transfer fees for employees.

The police said: “Most victims in this matter are foreign nationals who had recently arrived in New Zealand on working holiday visas and were looking for employment.”

Dunn took cash payments for immigration and visa fees from seven clients. He does not have a licence to process visa applications and the clients did not get work visas.

He took cash from eight job applicants for work related courses which he said were necessary to secure employment. He did not enrol them in any courses and they did not get work through Canstaff.

He took $760 from one client for a work related course that he did not enrol him in and for a bond to rent an address in Maidstone Road. Dunn did not own the address and did not have permission to rent it. The victim never saw or moved into the flat, and the bond was never lodged nor the money refunded.

Dunn repeated this process with a second victim.

He obtained cheques totalling $5500 from a roofing company as a fee for two employees to be transferred from Canstaff to the company’s staff.

The two employees weren’t transferred. Dunn cashed the cheques and forged a signature on the receipt issued to the roofing company.

The money taken through the fraudulent rental agreements, and the fake transfer fees, has not been reimbursed.

When interviewed by the police, Dunn said he had lied about purpose of the payments and had taken them for himself. He said he had gambled the money.

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