An Australian has admitted obtaining more than half a million dollars by deception from two Christchurch residents and accepts he is going to be serving jail time.
Daniel Kive Albert pleaded guilty to the charge by video-link from Auckland, and was convicted by Christchurch District Court Judge Jane Farish at a court session in Christchurch. Another charge was withdrawn.
The judge remanded him on bail for sentencing on December 21, when he is also likely to appear by video-link from Auckland.
Defence counsel Fletcher Pilditch told Judge Farish that Albert would be unable to pay any reparation to the victims and it was pointless considering home detention because he had no address available.
“He is realistic about the outcome and just wants to get on with things,” said Mr Pilditch.
He said Albert was an Australian and his family and friends were in Australia. He had been arrested late in 2015 when he came to New Zealand for a weekend and had been in the country ever since.
He today admitted an amended charge that between September 2007 and August 31, 2008, “at Christchurch and elsewhere”, he obtained $537,000 from a Christchurch man and woman by deception.
Crown prosecutor Claire Boshier said the two victims did not wish to attend a meeting with Albert, so Judge Farish did not refer the matter for restorative justice. She ordered a pre-sentence report.
It is alleged that Albert conned the victims out of the money after running advertisements offering exclusive rights for energy drink vending machines. Some of the machines were supplied.
Albert is also known as Daniel Erefor and Daniel Allert.