Man sorry for cancer deception

Last updated 16:21 14/09/2012

Relevant offers

National

Prison visitor found with 24 'tinnies' at Springhill Stop-go accused Quinton Winders had shot at us, claim hunters Timaru Hospital lift traps man in wheelchair Bail for alleged Budget Day protester, Ken Thurston Large crowd turns out to protest potential Fairlie Westpac bank closure Invercargill City Library's 'synchronised book shelving' a hit during Rio Olympics Hamilton City Council's water supply safe: staff War veteran awarded medals posthumously 'Heavily disguised' pair attempt aggravated robbery of Te Awa Dairy in Napier Friends and family raise $12k in three days to bring crash victim's body home

A former IT worker has apologised to his victims in a Wellington court for using cancer as a means to get nearly $84,000.

Jim Greeks had a gambling habit and told friends and colleagues he needed the money for treatment.

In Lower Hutt District Court yesterday, he stood in the dock and said he was sorry for using a devastating disease like cancer.

His victims were cynical about the apology.

IT company LANtech sales and marketing director Rex Bullard said he felt like Greeks did exactly what he needed to minimise the sentence.

LANtech had advanced him $37,000 and workers had loaned him between $1000 and $5000.

Judge Peter Butler jailed Greeks, 50, for two years and three months on eight charges of dishonestly using documents to obtain money and obtaining funds by deception.

Judge Butler said Greeks had 22 previous convictions for similar offending from 1997 and 2002.

He had been jailed for nine months on those.

The judge said there was no reparation available from Greeks, although he had offered to pay it.

"I am not sure how you can with no money and no assets and way to get any," he said.

Two civil cases have already resulted in summary judgements against Greeks but he had no method of paying.

Judge Butler said it was a betrayal and it was doubtful some would ever forgive him.

His lawyer John-Wayne Howell said Greeks now acknowledged his gambling addiction and was getting help.

Outside court Bullard said Greeks' previous convictions had not been known to the company as they had been wiped under the Clean Slate Act.

Greeks said in court he still did want to pay the money back.

Ad Feedback

- The Dominion Post

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content