Forgeries claimed cancer, dad's death

Last updated 07:21 29/11/2012

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A 21-year-old "conman" produced a forged letter to a community work centre saying he had been diagnosed with cancer and another saying his father had died, Invercargill District Court was told last week.

Cody Zane Pollard, 21, appeared before Judge Kevin Phillips yesterday on 25 charges of dishonestly using a cheque to obtain property, two charges of theft, two charges of breaching community work and one charge of altering a document, namely a Pegasus Health letter signed by a doctor, with intent to obtain, by deception, a benefit.

He was also resentenced for unlawfully taking a vehicle, obtaining credit by fraud, behaving in a threatening manner, dishonestly using a document and obtaining by deception.

He was sentenced to 12 months' jail.

Judge Phillips said Pollard had gone to the Hamilton community work centre and told them his father was seriously ill. He later produced a letter saying his father had died. It was forged.

He then came in with a letter saying he had been diagnosed with cancer. It was also forged, Judge Phillips said.

Pollard later came to Invercargill and found an ASB chequebook, which he used around town.

Judge Phillips said this type of offending affected commercial businesses and the entire community.

"You have a very high risk of reoffending. You are a conman."

Pollard's lawyer, Jono Ross, said dishonesty was a common theme in Pollard's offending and he had carried out the offending in an act of desperation. Especially in regard to the forgeries, he was attempting a cry for help to his family, he said.

Assault
Steven McAllister, 18, was sentenced to 60 hours' community work and nine months' supervision for assaulting a female on November 21.

Michael Mace, 44, was sentenced to 12 months' jail for assaulting a person with a bat on May 27.

Shane Carl Uren, 43, of East Gore, was sentenced to four months' home detention for assault, assault with intent to injure and breaching a protection order by physically abusing the protected person at Gore on September 19.

Burglary
Christopher Lee Wilson, 26, labourer, was sentenced to five months' home detention and ordered to pay $1500 reparation for burglary on September 6. "He is a thoroughly dishonest man," Judge Phillips said.

Intentional damage
Michael Norman Christensen, 34, plumber, was remanded on bail to November 30 for intentionally damaging a window in a door on November 16.

Akuhata Conrad Waihape, 25, shearer, of Grove Bush, was sentenced to 80 hours' community work for intentionally damaging two marble-topped tables and a safety-glass plate window valued at $1200 at Tuatapere on July 8.

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Rory McLeod Burfoot, 19, was sentenced to two months' community detention, 12 months' intensive supervision and ordered to pay $144.58 reparation for intentionally damaging a window on September 8.

Cannabis
Brendon Jock Davidson, 19, was sentenced to seven months' home detention, 150 hours' community work and disqualified from driving for six months for possessing cannabis for supply, possessing utensils, and offering to sell cannabis on April 24 and between March 28 and April 23, and driving with a breath alcohol level of 532mcg on June 5. He was convicted and discharged for being the owner of a vehicle and, after being informed of an alleged offence involving that vehicle, failing to give all information in his possession or obtainable that might have led to the identification and apprehension of the driver on July 23.

Breach
Levi Anderson, 19, was convicted and discharged for breaching community work on September 25.

Jethro Joseph John Stuart, 24, was sentenced to two months' jail for breaching supervision on October 18.

Simon Paul Gage, 39, was sentenced to 100 hours' community work for breaching supervision and engaging in behaviour that amounted to psychological abuse of a protected person while a protection order was in force against him on November 13.

Dion Graham Cuff, 20, was sentenced to 30 days' jail for breaching release conditions on September 6.

Rebekah Anne Clark, 27, was sentenced to 40 hours' community work for breaching community work on July 12.

Used a document
Andrew Paul Murdoch, 25, painter, was sentenced to 300 hours' community work and ordered to pay $1770 reparation for dishonestly using a document, namely a Kiwibank statement, with intent to obtain a pecuniary advantage at Bluff on June 27.

Shelly Mary Edwards, 28, was sentenced to four months' community detention for dishonestly using a document, namely a cheque, with intent to obtain pecuniary advantage on February 8. The court was told she presented a cheque for $3960 at an auction and was adamant there were sufficient funds but she knew the account was not operating at all and had no funds. "You are a thoroughly dishonest woman," Judge Phillips said.

Driving
Amanda Michelle McDowell, 23, was sentenced to 100 hours' community work and disqualified from driving for one year and one month for driving while disqualified on October 22.

Bonnie Ilea Fleury, 27, was remanded on bail till February 8 for sentence for driving while disqualified on November 5. The court was told it was her third such conviction within a year.

Drink-driving
Cindy Marie Oakley, 32, was sentenced to 120 hours' community work and disqualified from driving for nine months for driving with a breath alcohol level of 699mcg on November 18.

Shelley Louise Hayes, 34, 465mcg on November 16. Sentenced to 40 hours' community work and disqualified for six months.

- The Southland Times

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