Trade Me fraudsters found guilty

A couple who ran more than 60 fake auctions on Trade Me were today convicted in the Balclutha District Court.

Jordan Michael White, 20, of Clinton, and Jade Diane Ackland, 20, appeared before Judge John Macdonald on more than 30 charges on causing loss by deception.

They were remanded until September 16 for sentence.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Rob Mills said White and Ackland used false identities and set up fake auctions for goods they did not have, which included cellphones, laptops and make-up.

Forty-four people had successfully bid on the auctions and of those, 34 had paid for the auctions, Mr Mills said.

The total amount of the deception was $6500.

The court was told White offended because he had been stood down for a benefit and he needed money, while Ackland was pregnant and also needed money.

The Southland Times