Convicted fraudster Steven Younger is asking the taxpayer to pay for a lawyer to represent him, while his high-profile Auckland lawyer has been made bankrupt.
Yesterday, in a brief appearance in the New Plymouth District Court, Younger was represented by duty lawyer Patrick Mooney.
Younger is in custody facing further charges of fraud totalling more than $300,000.
Police allege Younger's latest offending involved him ripping off elderly people both to repay reparations from previous fraud offences and in order to lead the high life.
Mr Mooney said Younger was filing an application for legal aid.
Younger wanted to indicate he would plead guilty on the latest 11 fraud charges, Mr Mooney said, but did not accept he was guilty of the one charge of breaching the Passport Act.
Judge Max Courtney advised Younger to get a lawyer to represent him.
"It's important you get advice," Judge Courtney said.
Younger was further remanded in custody to reappear on September 4.
Meanwhile, his former lawyer, Jeremy Bioletti, was adjudged bankrupt when he appeared in the Auckland High Court last week after Inland Revenue claimed he owed it $550,000.
He has cited unpaid bills by clients and changes to legal aid rules for his failure.
Bioletti, who is self-employed, represented disgraced lawyer Barry Hart who has also been adjudged bankrupt.
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