A Singaporean man appeared in Queenstown District Court yesterday charged with bus pass forgery offences against NZSki.
Chin Tat Gan, 28, a computing professional, appeared before a registrar and was remanded on bail to appear in court on August 12.
He faces seven dishonesty charges; making false documents, namely NZSki bus passes, between June 30 last year and July 2, knowingly using a forged document on July 8, knowingly using NZSki bus passes to obtain a service between July 23 and 31, dishonestly attempting to use a bus pass on July 31 and three charges of knowingly using forged documents on July 3, July 22 and between July 10 and July 31.
Lawyer Sonia Vidal sought a remand to complete an application for legal aid.
Gan was in New Zealand for two months and was anxious to enter a plea, she said.
Bail conditions included surrendering his passport, reporting to police, not applying for travel documents and not trying to cross the border.
Police say the alleged forger was trying to sell fake bus pass tickets with a street value of more than $23,000.
They recovered at least 1100 one-day bus passes and 200 multi-ride passes in a sting involving a plain clothes officer and NZSki staff last week.
NZSki called for anyone who believes they have bought a suspect ticket to call into the SnowCentre in The Station.
Anyone who knowingly uses a forged ticket faces losing their season pass and being banned from all the region's skifields, including Treble Cone and Cardrona.
Meanwhile, Michael Sinclair Couper, 20, of Australia, was remanded on bail to August 12.
He is charged with dishonestly using a ski pass on July 26 and receiving stolen goods, namely snowboards, boots and bindings valued at $900, between June 22 and July 30.
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