Southern man admits 14 dishonesty charges

04:14, Aug 31 2014

A Southland man accused of fraud and theft has admitted some charges while others have been discharged.

Paul Graham Yeo, 55, is on trial before Judge Michael Turner after initially pleading not guilty to 121 charges, including theft by a person in a special relationship, dishonestly using a document, obtaining by deception, causing loss by deception and forgery.

Throughout the trial, three charges were withdrawn.

The Crown says some of the charges arose when he was employed by Power Farming and related to items of machinery that went missing or Yeo receiving money and banking it into his own account.

The rest of the charges related to a business, Southern Agriculture and Bailing Ltd, Yeo later went into with an associate.

Yesterday, at the end of the nine-day Crown case, Yeo pleaded guilty to 14 of the charges, which all related to dishonestly using documents, including cheques and commercial loan agreement forms.

The Crown then requested 34 charges be discharged, which were all allegations of dishonestly using a document.

Defence lawyer Roger Eagles then applied to have a further 52 charges withdrawn for several reasons, including that Yeo could not be held responsible for some equipment that had gone missing and in some charges there was no evidence of dishonesty.

The case has been adjourned until Monday afternoon.


The Southland Times