Conman guilty of bank fraud

Young New Plymouth conman Jormah Satchel Martin has pleaded guilty to defrauding the TSB Bank of more than $30,000.

Martin, 17, was jailed last year for conning at least 15 people out of thousands of dollars for non-existent car parts on Trade Me.

In his latest scam, and after being caught red-handed on security cameras, Martin confessed to police.

It is believed that Martin, also known as Ewington, managed to exploit a glitch in the system when using an eftpos card in early August.

Yesterday he pleaded guilty on his first appearance to representative charges in that he used a document, an ANZ eftpos card, on August 7 to defraud the TSB Bank of $2980 and taking $28,520 the next day.

In the New Plymouth District Court yesterday Martin's lawyer, Julian Hannam, asked for bail for his client.

Mr Hannam said Martin was currently on a course and his partner was yesterday undergoing a pregnancy test.

"It is very, very unfortunate he ends up with a card and $31,000 has found its way to him," Mr Hannam said. Martin had made a full and honest confession to police.

Judge Allan Robert said he remembered Martin as "thoroughly dishonest and lazy". He would not be giving him bail.

With that, Mr Hannam said his client would consent to be remanded for two weeks in custody.

He would make an application for electronically-monitored bail in the near future.

Taranaki Daily News