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One of America's most wanted men linked to Dunedin-based trust

A New Zealand trust named in the Panama Papers has been linked to a high-flying US fugitive.

Internet gambling tycoon Calvin Ayre is wanted in the US on charges of money laundering and illegal online gambling. Source: 1 NEWS

Internet gambling tycoon Calvin Ayre is wanted in the US on charges of money laundering and illegal online gambling.

A lengthy trail of offshore entities links Dunedin registered Incom Trustees Ltd and director Nicholaas Francken to Ayre.

"I have no idea who Mr Ayre is, honestly, I've never heard of Mr Ayre," Mr Francken told ONE News from Singapore via Skype.

He denied any wrongdoing by his clients.

New Zealand First's Ron Mark wanted to question Prime Minister John Key about the link, but Mr Key was booted from Parliament by Speaker David Carter before he had a chance.

"Is Dunedin based director Incom Trustees Ltd and its sole New Zealand director Nicholaas Francken preserving our international reputation by helping to hide the assets of indicted gambling billionaire Calvin Ayre?" Mr Mark said in Parliament today.

"What investigations has the Prime Minister made in the 24 hours since we asked him for an assurance that foreign owned companies here are not involved in gun running, people smuggling, money laundering or financing terrorism?"

Mr Francken told ONE News he was surprised his name was the subject of New Zealand political rhetoric, but said he had a lengthy career in New Zealand and takes his clients at their word.

"There's always the risk a client does something he doesn't tell you, we go as far as we can," he said, promising to now implement further clientele checks.