26 more charges against businessman

A Christchurch businessman already facing dishonesty and tax charges worth more than quarter of a million dollars, has now been arrested on 26 more charges.

The latest charges allege theft by failing to account totalling $108,446 and fraud charges totalling $69,389, as well as theft of a computer and the proceeds of the sale of a car, and dishonest use of a bank card.

The man has had interim name suppression at his two previous court appearances, and that was continued when he came before Judge Brian Callaghan in the Christchurch District Court today.

He was arrested on Friday afternoon, and held in custody over the weekend because the Justices of the Peace at the Saturday court session did not have the jurisdiction to consider bail for him.

Defence counsel Craig Ruane made the application today and after hearing submissions, Judge Callaghan granted bail for the man to appear again on Thursday.

He was already remanded to that date on the charges he faced at court appearances early in October. The latest charges all pre-date the alleged offending for which he was already on remand.

The man already faces 16 charges of failing to pay various forms of tax to the Commissioner of Inland Revenue, totalling more than $200,000. Three charges of tax evasion allege offending totalling about another $30,000.

The week before he appeared on the tax charges, the man faced 10 dishonesty related charges including five of using a man’s eftpos card to obtain money, dishonestly using the man’s cell phone to obtain $35,000, and another charge of fraudulently obtaining $12,660.