Scamming of elderly victims admitted

May 5, 2016 | By More

Court House-doorwayWomen aged 94, 93, and 80 years were the three victims of Denise Cherelle Greig’s part in a fraud ring that was scamming people out of their bank cards.

Greig, 30, today became the second person to admit involvement in the scam, and Christchurch District Court Judge Brian Callaghan remanded her in custody for sentencing on July 12.

Greig has been in custody since her arrest in February while the details of the charges she faces have been sorted, but agreement was reached ahead of her appearance today.

She has admitted three charges of dishonestly using bank cards, involving multiple transactions totalling $6619.

She has also admitted charges of breaching a sentence of community work, and a breach of release conditions the followed another sentence.

Judge Callaghan remanded Greig for a restorative justice meeting with the victims, a pre-sentence report, and an assessment of her suitability for home detention.

Henry Edward Halliday, 26, of Linwood, pleaded guilty to three charges of dishonestly using bank cards on March 17, and was remanded in custody for sentencing on May 27.

Police said that in all three cases involving Greig, the elderly victims had handed over their bank cards to someone they thought was a bank representative after being told they were faulty. The victims also gave their PIN numbers.

It is understood the “faulty” bank cards were replaced with pressie cards.

Greig later obtained these bank cards and PIN numbers from associate and used them for several transactions.

Police said one card was used by the scammers for 100 fraudulent transactions. Another was used 50 times and the third was used 10 times.

Greig used the cards for cash withdrawals, buying tobacco, and other purchases at supermarkets and service stations.

Three other people face charges alleging they were part of the fraud ring.


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