Fraud trial in doubt after adjournment

Last updated 10:29 28/08/2014

Relevant offers

A  major fraud trial due to begin in October is in doubt after one of the three defendants has been given an adjournment.

The reasons for Justice David Collins’ judgment in the High Court at Wellington and the identity of the defendants were suppressed.

The first defendant had wanted the charges stopped altogether but the judge has delayed that decision until next February.

Instead he said the defendant did not have to stand trial as planned for eight weeks from October 20 before a judge alone.

Now the Crown and the remaining two defendants want the October trial adjourned altogether. Justice Collins said their applications would need to be considered in light of his decision on the first person.

The person whose trial was adjourned faces eight charges covering 2005 to 2008 alleging they were party to another defendant corruptly obtaining more than $3 million by deception in relation to property deals and were party to attempts to obtain money by deception, and tax fraud alleged to involve nearly $260,000. 

Another was charged with corruptly obtaining $3.6m and attempting to obtain another $750,000.

The third person was charged with being a party to another person corruptly obtaining $168,750 and party to tax fraud.

Ad Feedback

- The Dominion Post

Special offers
Opinion poll

Should Wellington have a new convention centre?

Yes, the Hilton is a missed opportunity

Yes, but there's no need for another hotel and the price was too high

Yes, and it would be much better on Interisland wharf

No, Wellington has enough such facilities for its size

Vote Result

Related story: $100m Hilton project back to drawing board

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content