Former rugby league star Brent Todd has admitted four fraud charges, three days before he was due to face a depositions hearing.
Todd, who played 28 tests for the Kiwis between 1985 and 1993, admitted the charges when he appeared in the Auckland District Court yesterday.
Todd, along with several other high profile sportsmen, was due to appear in court on Monday for a four-week depositions hearing.
He would now not have to appear on Monday but would be sentenced next month, the Serious Fraud Office said.
Another accused, Stanley Malik Champalal Wijeyaratne, also pleaded guilty to four charges and would appear with Todd for sentencing next month, Serious Fraud Office assistant director Gus Andree Wiltens said. A deposition hearing for former All Black Doug Rollerson, former Kiwi Hugh McGahan, Touch New Zealand former chief executive Dick Arnott, and former employee, Geoffrey Alan Thompson, is expected to still go ahead on Monday.
The charges relate to hundreds of thousands of dollars of gaming machine money intended for amateur rugby. Late last year Todd said he would fight the charges after flying back from his Queensland home to appear in court.
Outside the court he vehemently denied the charges.
Todd was declared bankrupt in February last year.
In September last year he admitted procuring cocaine.
He was fined $500.