Fraudster admits ripping off his mum

August 16, 2017 | By More

A man who was jailed last year for conning foreign workers and gambling away the money, has now admitted ripping off his mother.

The new charges pre-date Craig Lawrence Dunn’s current prison term which is now coming to an end.

His mother is one of his victims. He saw her doing phone banking and used the redial button to get her PIN number before transferring $10,050 from her account.

Dunn, 41, has now admitted obtaining money by deception and by false pretences, and two charges of theft by a person in a special relationship – thefts carried out by an employee.

Christchurch District Court Judge Jane Farish remanded him on bail, on strict terms, for sentencing on October 5.

Dunn was jailed for 20 months and told to repay $18,354 in reparations last October after admitting he had taken cash payments from foreigh workers for immigration and visa fees, and for work-related courses he said were necessary to secure employment.

He did not enrol them in any courses and they did not get work through the agency where he worked as a recruitment consultant.

The agency repaid the workers – mostly foreign nationals who had recently arrived in New Zealand on working holiday visas. Dunn admitted 17 charges of obtaining money by deception and two of dishonestly using documents.

Dunn had already received a sentence of intensive supervision and community detention in 2010 on 11 charges of theft by a person in a special relationship. Reparation from that offending was paid.

Dunn has been undergoing treatment for his gambling addiction.

Before his jail term began last year, while he was a sales representative, he took a $5000 deposit for the sale of some engineering equipment and kept the money. The machine was never supplied.

He then made 16 transfers from his mother’s bank account.

He was warned by an automotive and engineering company where he worked as a sales representative, about his use of a company credit card. He resigned in March 2014, but since then the company has found out that he had made cash sales and kept $4800 for himself and a complaint was made with the police.


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