Kiwi conman in Queensland
A recidivist New Zealand-born conman is active in Queensland, claiming vast wealth in an attempt to buy businesses and real estate.
Shaun Gregory Morgan, deported to New Zealand in January after serving a five-year prison term for bank fraud in Utah, had previously claimed to the Sunday Star-Times to have turned over a new leaf and to being based in the United Kingdom.
Morgan was also jailed in Switzerland for similar offending.
A concerned Queensland businessman said Morgan was actually living in Palm Beach and presenting himself as a wealthy international businessman.
"Shaun was telling me he had restaurant chains in the UK. He said he's got this company, Corporate Partners, in the UK and holiday homes in the Bahamas," the businessman said of in-person meetings he recently had with Morgan.
Morgan is said to have boasted of having millions of dollars available for investment, but required potential business partners to agree to complex deals involving vendor financing.
The businessman said Morgan claimed to have got out of prison 18 month ago, despite his sentence ending only months before he set up shop in Queensland.
"He's lying through his teeth."
Morgan did not respond to BusinessDay emails this past week, and a phone number used to contact him in the past has been disconnected.
Morgan's company, Corporate Partners, and notorious international conman Marc Duchesne had attempted to take over a United States-listed penny dreadful.
Morgan and Duchesne were listed as proposed directors after the takeover of dormant energy company Insight Management Corporation.
Duchesne was in a UK jail at the time the offer documents were filed, awaiting competing extradition bids from authorities in Washington DC and Texas wanting to try him for separate frauds.
In earlier interviews Morgan distanced himself from Corporate Partners and claimed to be only a consultant.
But correspondence from the New Zealand-born fraudster shows he is currently presenting himself as the chief executive of Corporate Partners in business proposals.
Following his release from prison, Morgan has also reactivated and continued to present many companies used in his earlier offending as legitimate - including Greater China Acquisition Corp and Luminary Acquisition Corporation.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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