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Aurelian Hossu was convicted by Auckland District Court
A former road maintenance official in Auckland has been sentenced to 11 months house arrest after admitting receiving bribes for contracts.
Earlier this year, the Serious Fraud Office charged six people, including two former employees of Broadspectrum (New Zealand) Limited.
Former manager Aurelian Mihai Hossu, also known as Michael, has previously admitted to four charges of accepting gifts from an officer in relation to his role in awarding road maintenance work in South Auckland to subcontractors.
On Friday, Hossu was sentenced to 11 months house arrest by Judge Claire Ryan of the Auckland District Court.
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Judge Ryan said Hossu’s offense was motivated by personal gain after he was involved in the offense with one of the defendants.
“You convinced yourself that it would work and it would be fine.
“You helped make it work, you were his right hand and helped him build a business, submit bills and get heavily involved.”
Judge Ryan said Hossu’s behavior damaged the reputation of his former colleagues, the company and Auckland Transport.
He abused his position of trust and the offense was clearly planned, calculated and stemmed from stupidity, Judge Ryan said.
Hossu received over $200,000 from the offense, which lasted 15 months.
Judge Ryan admitted Hossu was remorseful after telling a pre-sentence report writer he had now put his entire career in jeopardy.
“I ruined my whole career and I feel so bad for it,” Hossu said.
Todd Simmonds, suing on behalf of the Serious Fraud Office, said $90,000 in damages had been paid and agreed that the pre-sentence report was positive.
The directors of Coastal Roading Contractors Limited, Frederick and Jeanette Pou, both deny a representative charge of giving gifts to the agent without the principal’s consent.
Director of engineering and aviation supplies, Richard Motilai also faces charges.
Two other defendants have their names deleted.