New Zealand's Maori Television Service says it fired John Davy just six weeks
into his job as the network's chief executive because it learned he had provided
false information about his background, including his academic qualifications.
But Davy has an explanation: His records, which contain legitimate qualifications,
were altered as part of his entry into a witness-protection program. "I
cannot verify any academic background simply for the reason that in the 1980s
an assignment was undertaken by me that related to a forensic matter, and as
part of a ... witness-protection program, my background was adjusted,"
Davy said in a television interview. "My name wasn't fully changed, but
my financial and academics (background) were wiped out."
Davy said he secured a master's degree in business administration from Denver
University in 1976. His background, he said, was modified after he worked on
a financial forensic case for an international agency representing a group of
He added that disclosed the situation during the recruitment process. "I
can't verify the old credentials and it's unfortunate," he said.
Davy also said the public exposure of his background has made him concerned
for his own safety. "There would be some people that would definitely like
to talk to me, and it won't be to say 'How're you doing?'"