Organised and Financial Crime Agency of New Zealand

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Organised and Financial Crime Agency of New Zealand
Agency overview
Formed1 July 2008
Preceding agency
  • 1990 - 2008 preceded by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO)
Jurisdictional structure
National agencyNew Zealand
Operations jurisdictionNew Zealand
Governing bodyNew Zealand Government
HeadquartersWellington, New Zealand

Agency executives
Website
http://www.ofcanz.govt.nz/

The Organised and Financial Crime Agency of New Zealand (OFCANZ), generally referred to as the Organised Crime Agency, is an agency hosted within the New Zealand Police. The agency's stated objective is to "disrupt and combat organised crime". The agency has been recently renamed the National Organised Crime Group[1] (2018) however the objective remains as stated.

The Fifth Labour Government in 2007 announced the intention to create the agency, saying it would replace the Serious Fraud Office.[2][3] OFCANZ was formed on 1 July 2008 (though in December 2008, the new National Prime Minister John Key said that the Serious Fraud Office would not be abolished).[4]

The agency led its first raid on 28 October 2009, serving search warrants on members of the Tribesmen Motorcycle Club in Northland.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.police.govt.nz/about-us/working-police/police-groups/national-organised-crime-group
  2. ^ "SFO scrapped for organised crime unit". ONE News. 11 September 2007. Retrieved 3 March 2010.
  3. ^ Thomas, Ben (12 September 2007). "SFO to shut up shop". National Business Review. Retrieved 3 March 2010.
  4. ^ "Serious Fraud Office saved from axe". Fairfax New Zealand. 10 December 2008. Archived from the original on 2009-01-02.
  5. ^ "OFCANZ leads its first strike against organised crime". New Zealand Police. 28 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-28.

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