Farmer accused of thefts

00:01, Jul 12 2012

A Manawatu farmer whose companies are being run by liquidators and receivers has found himself in court for allegedly stealing property from parties he owes money.

Robert Julian McVitty, 62, did not enter a plea when he appeared before a registrar in Feilding District Court yesterday on two charges of theft. He is accused of stealing a trailer valued at $1500 from an individual, and $2834 worth of farm materials belonging to the Bank of New Zealand.

Two of McVitty's companies, McVitty Properties and Patoka Dairies, were put into receivership about two years ago, owing more than $73 million to the bank.

Overall, the companies owed creditors about $83.5m at the time they went into receivership.

Latest reports show both companies still owe more than $65m to the bank.

McVitty's next court appearance is on August 6, when he will have to enter a plea.

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