An Aucklander has concealed 232 convictions from potential employers under legislation that lets Kiwis hide their criminal history if they’ve had a clean record for seven years.
More than 115,000 New Zealand criminals have been allowed to hide convictions including fraud, bestiality and indecent assault from prospective employers under the Clean Slate Act, which came in a decade ago.
The act allows people with less serious convictions to have them concealed if they meet the right criteria.
Figures released by the Ministry of Justice under the Official Information Act show one Auckland criminal has had the luxury of concealing their former crimes, despite having racked up a staggering 232 convictions — the highest in the country.
The person’s identity and type of offending can’t be revealed.
Among the convictions concealed nationwide were assault on a child with a weapon, drink-driving causing death, burglary and indecent assault.
Convictions for tax fraud and bestiality were also hidden.
To be eligible for a clean slate, someone must have been conviction-free for the last seven years, never received a custodial sentence, and not be convicted of a “specified offence”.
Specified crimes include sexual offending against children and the mentally impaired and can never be concealed.
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