Fishmonger a 'prolific fraudster', say police

WARRANT FOR ARREST:  David Lyndon Whitehead, 50.
WARRANT FOR ARREST: David Lyndon Whitehead, 50.

Police have named an alleged ''prolific fraudster'' who is masquerading as a fishmonger around Hamilton.

Detective Sergeant Nick Rolley of the Waikato Tactical Crime Unit said a warrant to arrest had been issued for 50-year-old transient David Lyndon Whitehead for the alleged using of a bank card to gain pecuniary advantage.

"He is also wanted to interview for a further seven offences where he is alleged to have offered members of the public seafood, receiving money upfront and never returning with the promised items,'' Mr Rolley said.

According to police, Whitehead has amassed over 340 convictions i his past, mostly for fraud.

"His targets appear to be commercial premises where he takes orders from staff for whitebait and crayfish with a 'cash up front', next day delivery offer."

Whitehead would then take the victims' money but fail  to deliver the goods, Mr Rolley said. 

Whitehead was warned last October following complaints from dozens of victims from around the country.

Whitehead's last known address was in Hamilton,  though Mr Rolley said he was quite transient and moved around a lot.

Whitehead is described as Caucasian, of solid build and about 187cm tall.

Police want anyone who has seen him to contact the Hamilton Police on 07 858 6200 or leave information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.