Fraudster council firm boss refuses to reply questions after getting back from Fiji

A council firm boss needed for alleged drink-driving within the US had nothing to say as he touched down in New Zealand from Fiji.

Tim Boyd was the boss of ratepayer-owned Christchurch Metropolis Holdings Ltd (CCHL), however give up earlier this month.

It has since emerged that he beforehand confronted plenty of civil lawsuits over fraud and unpaid cash within the US, was ordered to pay $30 million in damages, was charged with drink-driving in 2011, 2014 and 2018, and confronted a restraining order from an ex-fiancee.

Boyd is but to touch upon any of the revelations – and remained silent once more when he was confronted by Stuff reporters at Christchurch Airport on Tuesday afternoon, repeatedly saying: “No remark”.

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Boyd arrived again in Christchurch on a flight from Fiji. He exited the worldwide arrival space alone and refused to reply questions concerning the cash he owes and the fees he’s going through.

He additionally had no message for the Christchurch ratepayers – who personal CCHL, the corporate of which he was chief government.

Tim Boyd refused to answer questions after he arrived at Christchurch Airport on Tuesday from Fiji, instead heading straight for a taxi.

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Tim Boyd refused to reply questions after he arrived at Christchurch Airport on Tuesday from Fiji, as an alternative heading straight for a taxi.

He shortly obtained right into a taxi and left.

There’s an lively warrant for Boyd’s arrest in Arizona, over prices from 2018 referring to alleged drink-driving.

He was additionally charged with failing to regulate his pace to keep away from a collision, to present data, and to obey [police], and was allegedly additionally driving whereas suspended.

Boyd or his corporations have been sued 9 instances within the US, in line with courtroom information.

The lawsuits, eight of which dominated towards Boyd, contained allegations of fraud and unpaid cash.

Boyd is wanted in the US state of Arizona over drink-driving charges from 2018. He has also been repeatedly sued over alleged fraud and unpaid money.

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Boyd is needed within the US state of Arizona over drink-driving prices from 2018. He has additionally been repeatedly sued over alleged fraud and unpaid cash.

Judgments from the lawsuits have ordered Boyd to pay NZ$30m of damages, the vast majority of which stays unpaid, in line with plaintiffs.

One of many lawsuits towards Boyd, over a $390,000 debt, performed out in a Los Angeles courtroom whereas Boyd was working as a senior adviser within the technique and insights group on the Ministry of Social Improvement. He labored there from April 2019 till September 2021.

Boyd then joined CCHL as chief government in March this yr. He give up earlier this month – although his resignation just isn’t official till December 6.

An interim chief government, Paul Silk, has already been parachuted in to run CCHL.

An exterior evaluation into Boyd’s employment historical past and any authorized issues within the US, Australia and New Zealand is below approach.

CCHL stated final week it could take time because it was dedicated to “performing in good religion as a great employer in direction of Mr Boyd”.

Boyd’s resignation from CCHL is not effective until December 6, though an interim chief executive has been brought in.

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Boyd’s resignation from CCHL just isn’t efficient till December 6, although an interim chief government has been introduced in.

CCHL has additionally audited all contracts and monetary transactions which occurred throughout Boyd’s tenure. The Christchurch Metropolis Council is ready to evaluation this course of.

It stays unclear what CCHL was paying Boyd – and whether or not he’s nonetheless getting paid – although some wage particulars might be launched later this week within the firm’s annual report. The chief government position has historically paid greater than $350,000.

Boyd just isn’t the one latest departure from CCHL.

Chairperson Jeremy Smith and director James Gough give up the board inside hours of one another in late August.

The corporate stated Smith resigned as journey necessities meant he couldn’t fulfil the position’s commitments.

Requested about his resignation on Tuesday, Gough stated: “If you happen to can not personal collective choices of the board, then I don’t assume it’s helpful to stay.”

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