John Fagan's criminal history revealed

JONO GALUSZKA
Last updated 18:46 31/03/2014
John Fagan leaving court
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LEAVING COURT: John Fagan more than 11 charges.

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A Palmerston North man who has admitted trying to dishonestly obtain millions of dollars can now be identified as the same person who hid from police for a day, introduced himself to Sir Paul Holmes as an ‘‘armed maniac’’, and was arrested just before he was supposed to meet the broadcaster for an interview.

John Grant Fagan, 54, admitted 11 charges of using forged documents, three of making false statements and one of forgery in the Palmerston North District Court last year.

At the time, the Serious Fraud Office said Fagan’s offending related to existing investments of about $1.3 million, about $750,000 of obtained investments, and attempts by him to get about $4.5m of investments from various individuals and entities.

A disputed facts hearing took place today before Judge Les Atkins to clarify some points in the summary of facts before Fagan’s sentencing.

At the end of the hearing, suppression orders around Fagan’s criminal history were dropped.

Fagan was sentenced to five years in prison for various charges in February, 1997, after he was arrested in an incident Holmes attempted to broadcast on his radio show.

Fagan had been on the run after firing a shotgun in front of a 16-year-old girl at the Northcote College swimming pool in August 1996.

While on the run from police, he called Holmes’ NewstalkZB radio show, introducing himself as ‘‘John Fagan, armed maniac here’’.

He arranged to meet Holmes at Auckland Airport that day, but was arrested before any interview could take place.

Fagan ended up pleading guilty to firearms and assault charges in relation to the incident.

He also pleaded guilty to  fraud charges, after he embezzled more than $1.2m from Northcote College while employed there as a finance manager.

Fagan’s latest batch of fraud charges were in relation to a company called RMS Holdings New Zealand Ltd.

The company was involved with developing a device that claimed to speed up the internet by 50 per cent.

Facts in the case are still being finalised, and previous judges have said the full summary of facts must be read at sentencing.

Fagan was remanded on bail today and will appear in court for the rest of his disputed facts hearing at a future date.


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