A Stratford conman has allegedly been back at work ripping off new elderly victims to the tune of $300,000, the New Plymouth District Court heard yesterday.
Police believe that farm worker Steven Younger, 45, has been robbing Peter to pay Paul by targeting new people in order to pay court ordered reparation and live the high life.
In June, Younger was sentenced to 250 hours' community work and four months' community detention and ordered to finish paying the elderly people he targeted to borrow money from - and then failed to repay them.
Yesterday Younger was facing a raft of new fraud charges.
His latest victims are believed to be from his home town of Stratford and from Auckland where he has been working.
The new fraud charges total more than $300,000, Judge Rob Murfitt said.
Younger is also charged with illegally applying for a passport.
Younger was arrested in Auckland earlier this month, was remanded in custody and his file transferred to New Plymouth.
Defence lawyer Barry Henderson, appearing for Younger's lawyer Jeremy Bioletti, told the court that Younger was keen to apply for bail and intimated he would plead guilty to the latest charges.
Younger had appealed the earlier sentence, Mr Henderson said, but would drop that appeal in return for getting out of jail.
He had every intention of paying back the farmers he borrowed money from.
Younger was not a flight risk, Mr Henderson said.
Prosecuting Sergeant Lewis Sutton said police opposed bail. Younger had other active charges all of which involved significant amounts of money. The latest charges were similar in nature to earlier offending.
Judge Murfitt said he was not prepared to grant bail and remanded Younger in custody to reappear on August 29.
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