Fraudster sent back to prison

JOELLE DALLY
Last updated 08:35 04/06/2014
Nicholas Birch
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BACK TO PRISON: Nicholas Birch, 26, is prohibited from being involved in the management or promotion of a company until 2015.

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A conman who allegedly set up companies while on parole, including an Auckland nightclub, has been permanently recalled to prison.

Nicholas Birch, 26, went before the Parole Board on Wednesday, where a order for recall was made.

Birch, who was declared bankrupt in 2008, is prohibited from being involved in the management or promotion of a company until 2015.

He was jailed in 2010 for fraud offending in Christchurch, where he pretended to be a millionaire to lure four 16-year-old schoolboys and a 19-year-old man into sex acts by falsely offering them $10,000 to $50,000 in return.

A Fairfax investigation found a string of businesses across New Zealand have been linked to Birch since his release on parole in October 2011, including Revenge Bar and Nightclub on Karangahape Rd.

The bar closed in March, when an interim recall was ordered for Birch, with bills to creditors left unpaid.

Police in Dunedin, New Plymouth and Auckland have launched their own separate investigations into Birch.

At the Parole Board hearing, Birch's probation officer requested he be recalled on the grounds he posed an undue risk to the community and had breached his release conditions, the board's report said. Birch "has been accused of fraudulent offending dating from after his release on parole.

"In addition (counsel for Corrections) asserted a breach of his employment condition by his failure to advise his probation officer of his involvement in the setting up of companies."

Hospital treatment for a medical condition prevented Birch from attending an earlier hearing.

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