Charges mount against businessman

Twelve more charges, including allegations of causing a church to act on forged documents, have been laid against a Christchurch businessman who has been facing a mounting list of charges over the last month.

Interim name suppression was continued at the Christchurch District Court today for the 44-year-old man who now faces a total of 67 charges.

Police said they were opposed to the continued name suppression and may seek to make submissions at the next appearance to try to have it lifted.

Defence counsel Craig Ruane said he would review the case before the next appearance to decide whether to apply for it to be continued. The next hearing may set a time for legal argument about the order.

The man appeared in separate courts this afternoon, one for police charges, as well as Inland Revenue alleging 19 tax offences totalling more than $230,000.

Judge David Saunders in one court and Judge Brian Callaghan in the other remanded him on continued bail to appear in just one court sitting on November 29. The combined appearance was requested by the IRD’s senior prosecutor Paul Saunders.

Mr Ruane told the court he had just received the paperwork relating to the tax charges, and still had only limited documentation relating to the police allegations.

The latest charges are one allegation of using a forged document, 10 of causing a church to act on a document he knew had been forged, and one of theft by failing to account.

Before his appearance 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.

Then on Monday this week, he faced 26 more charges alleging 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 a sale, and dishonest use of a bank card.

No pleas have been entered to any charges.