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Home detention follows Middle Eastern secret commissions

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Former Fisher & Paykel Healthcare employee Simon William Hall has been sentenced to eight months of home detention in the Auckland District Court for receiving secret commissions from Middle Eastern clients of F & P Healthcare and for deceiving his employer.

The Serious Fraud Office says Mr Hall pleaded guilty in March 2017 to one charge under section 240 Crimes Act 1961 of obtaining by deception and two charges under section 8 of the Secret Commissions Act 1910.

The SFO, which laid the charges, says Mr Hall committed the offences while in his role as an Area Manager based in Auckland and dealing with companies in the Middle Eastern market.

The charges related to payments received by Mr Hall for approving a Saudi Arabian company as a distributor of F&P Healthcare products and a single payment from a Jordanian company which also became a distributor. F&P Healthcare had no knowledge that Mr Hall received those payments.

In addition to those offences, Mr Hall made false representations to F&P Healthcare regarding commission payments for installations of products that never took place.

Mr Hall received approximately US$213,000 in payments.

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