Carter slams Green Acres as 'devious' and 'ruthless'

Minister for Ethnic Affairs Chris Carter has slammed the firm Green Acres for being "devious" and "ruthless" in its handling of victims of the alleged Keith Lapham scam.

The New Zealand Herald
January 29, 2008

Carter slams Green Acres as 'devious' and 'ruthless'
Lincoln Tan

Minister for Ethnic Affairs Chris Carter has slammed the firm Green Acres for being "devious" and "ruthless" in its handling of victims of the alleged Keith Lapham scam.

The minister said Green Acres was also "incredibly exposed" for its part in its former area manager's $5 million sale of about 200 non-existent ironing franchises to investors who paid between $21,000 and $25,000 each.

The defrauded franchisees are mainly Chinese and Indian immigrants who had borrowed money to buy the businesses.

Many now have no income to repay the debts.


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