Ex-detective sentenced for $64k fraud
An ex-detective who defrauded a national rugby sevens tournament of $64,000 was sentenced to 10 months' home detention when he appeared in the Queenstown District Court today.
Richard Edgar Anderson, 51, of Lake Hayes Estate, appeared before Judge Michael Turner charged with three counts of by deception and without claim of right causing a loss to the Pub Charity National Sevens.
Anderson entered guilty pleas after a sentencing indication to causing a loss valued at $41,803 to the Sevens with Altitude committee between June 18, 2009 and October 6, 2010, causing a loss valued at $11,289 on January 1, 2009 and causing a loss valued at $9338 on December 2, 2009.
Judge Turner said Anderson held a trusted position and paid for costs incurred for team flights and accommodation.
He was reimbursed but between January 2009 and October 2010 he claimed more from the committee than the costs incurred, an extra $64,000.
A total of $48,601 was outstanding.
Judge Turner said he considered the conduct amounted to ''a gross abuse of trust.''
Lawyer Phena Byrne said her client hoped to find a job but this could be difficult in Queenstown given publicity.
A former employer was in court and provided a reference in support of Mr Anderson, who was also likely to face de-registration as a real estate agent, she said.
Her client was responsible for good work in the community and it was sad that was overshadowed.
''It's impossible to say but some of the funds misappropriated may well have been put to good use in the community.''
Anderson was also ordered not to consume alcohol or illicit drugs and pay reparation of $48,601 within two years.
Initial repayments of $20 per week were imposed pending sale of a vehicle and, if necessary, asset release to cover the outstanding reparation.
Anderson, a former Auckland detective and real estate agent, was one of a group who brought the popular rugby tournament to Queenstown.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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