Man guilty of fraud
In a dramatic move this morning, a former Stratford motel manager has pleaded guilty to a series of cons.
Steven Francis Younger was in the middle of a four-day trial in the New Plymouth District Court prior to which he pleaded not guilty to 16 fraud charges.
The charges included changing the names on the Antonio Mews Motel's cheques and conning elderly people out of money when he had no money to pay them back.
But this morning the jury returned just after 11am to hear Younger plead guilty to five charges.
Judge Allan Roberts convicted Younger and remanded him on bail to appear on May 16 for sentence.
In thanking and releasing the jury Judge Roberts told them the indictment was changed earlier this morning to combine the original charges.
About nine people were in court, most of whom were believed to be Younger's relatives.
Taranaki Daily News