Couple charged with $1.4m theft

A Christchurch couple has been charged with stealing nearly $1.4 million from an elderly widow.

They entered no pleas when they made first appearances before the Christchurch District Court today.

At the request of defence counsel Anselm Williams the couple were remanded on bail to April 17.

They have bail conditions not to contact the victim, not to dispose of a list of motor vehicles, to reside at a particular Christchurch address, and to surrender their passports to the police.

The charges refer to offending in 2016 and 2017.

Mr Williams sought name suppression because publication may have significant consequences for the businesses run by the couple. The man is aged 38.

The couple have been jointly charged.

They are alleged to have accessed a computer system to dishonestly obtain $1,340,900, and stealing the money from a woman.

They are also charged with stealing $52,600 from the woman in three further charges. In each case, they are also charged with accessing a computer system to obtain the money.

Suppression was granted and Mr Williams said documents and submissions would be provided to support it being continued at their next appearance.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Neil Williams said police did not oppose the suppression or the remand. “It’s quite a complex matter,” he said.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *