Alex Swney – the disgraced former boss of Auckland’s Heart of the City, has been sentenced to five years and seven months jail.
The 57-year-old, who has admitted to tax evasion and defrauding the business group, appeared in the Auckland District Court on Wednesday.
There will be no minimum non-parole period.
The maximum penalty for the dishonest use of documents charge is seven years in prison.
Swney is the founder and former chief executive of the publicly funded Heart of the City, which promotes businesses in central Auckland. He was granted a temporary reprieve in April, after a sentencing judge fell ill.
Swney was fired last year after the Inland Revenue Department filed charges over $1.8 million of unpaid taxes, and a further $1.3m in penalties and interest.
The ensuing scandal triggered a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation into Swney’s longstanding involvement with the group.
He pleaded guilty to the SFO charges, admitting he had submitted fictitious invoices to Heart of the City which netted him over $2.5m.
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