December 16, 2020
Pikia charged with fraud of Te Arawa trust
The Serious Fraud Office has brought fraud charges against Roger Pikia, the chairman of Te Arawa River Iwi Trust and its investment company THL Limited.
Pikia, who is 52, did not enter a plea when he appeared in the Auckland District Court yesterday.
He is charged with ‘Obtaining by deception’, ‘Corrupt acceptance of gift by an agent’, ‘Receiving a secret reward for procuring a contract’, ‘Perverting the course of justice’ and ‘Conspiracy to commit an offence’. The charges are in relation to his role as chairman of the trust and company.
A co-defendant who still has name suppression was charged with conspiracy to commit an offence.
Pikia was remanded on bail to reappear in February.
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