Kerry Buddle pleads not guilty on charges

KAY BLUNDELL
Last updated 11:18 15/11/2012
Kerry Buddle
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Alleged loan scammer Kerry Buddle at a previous appearance at Porirua District court.

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Alleged Kapiti loan scammer Kerry Buddle has pleaded not guilty to 22 fraud-related charges.

Appearing in Porirua District Court this morning, public defence lawyer Sonia Thistoll, acting for Ms Buddle, said Ms Buddle would proceed to trial on all charges.

The charges include obtaining by deception.

She was remanded on bail to attend a post-committal conference later this month.

The alleged scams relate to the former Kapiti mortgage broker persuading clients to lend her money after they had mortgaged their properties.

Five people have claimed they have had to sell their homes because Buddle did not repay them. 

Alleged victim Jenny Twist, who has attended court every time Ms Buddle has appeared, said outside court she would fight to the end to get her money back.

"I am going to battle this all the way. We all want our money back. She is going to end up looking the dick. It will be a lot worse for her," Mrs Twist said.

About half a dozen alleged victims and their supporters gathered in a carpark outside court as Ms Buddle left.

The Dominion Post revealed in May last year that police had begun an investigation into Buddle, who owned Get Smart Mortgages and Insurance, operating under the umbrella of Kiwi Mortgage Market.

She closed her office in December 2010 after coming under investigation from lenders and the insurance company she used.

Contact Kay Blundell
Kapiti reporter
Email: kay.blundell@dompost.co.nz

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