Ex-city man extradited from Australia to face charges

Last updated 05:00 24/04/2013

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A former Invercargill man facing more than 120 fraud charges has been extradited from Australia to New Zealand.

Paul Graham Yeo appeared in the Invercargill District Court this month and was remanded on bail without plea to May 3.

He faces 123 charges, including 95 of dishonestly using a document, 24 of theft, three of causing loss by deception and one charge of making a false document, to use for pecuniary advantage. The document charges relate to invoices, cheques, emails, a CRT card, a computer, a sales invoice, business agreement form, direct debit authorisation form, vehicle sales agreement, direct debit forms, commercial loan agreements and private sales agreement forms, while the theft charges include mowers, tyres, soft hand implements and a silage wagon.

The charges relating to causing loss by deception relate to amounts of more than $93,000.

The offending is alleged to have occurred between 2006 and 2010.

Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Bowman, of Invercargill, said two Invercargill police staff were sent to Australia and brought Yeo back to the city by an extradition order.

Yeo was located through police inquiries with the assistance of the Australian police, Mr Bowman said.

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- The Southland Times

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