Conman's big spending spree

Last updated 11:48 10/01/2013

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A conman who "spins great stories" and went on the run from police for more than a year has admitted defrauding "masses of people" from Auckland and Northland. 

David Nepia Carroll appeared at Auckland District Court this morning where he pleaded guilty to 76 charges of theft and fraud.

The charges range from dishonestly taking a $90,000 Audi Q5, failing to pay for accommodation and using various bank cards that did not belong to him.

A charge of the theft of an $800 leather jacket was dropped.

Judge Roy Wade said the "ballpark figure" of the theft and fraud ranged between $15,000 and $20,000 but Nepia would be unable to pay that amount. 

"How do you choose which people get the money? I'm not going to order a reparation report, it's pointless," Judge Wade said.

Carroll first came to the attention of police in November 2011 while they investigated a host of unsolved cases, including unpaid motel bills, a missing laptop and more substantial cases of fraud in Auckland and Northland.

He was arrested on August 10, 2012, after being spotted by the son of a woman he defrauded in the Herne Bay Local Bar.

The woman, Julie Woodhouse who owns Black Sands Lodge at Piha, said she grew suspicious of Carroll after he failed to turn up at the lodge after she hired the main suite to him in May.

She then claimed to have found somebody else's credit card cut up in the room's rubbish bin along with receipts.

Woodhouse traced the owner of the credit card and notified police.

Carroll has been remanded in custody until sentencing on April 19.

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