Bust for using fake NZSki bus pass

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The fallout from a Queenstown ski field pass fraud continues.

In Queenstown District Court yesterday Matthew Philip Palmer, 27, house keeper, of Queenstown, admitted attempting to use an NZSki bus pass, with intent to obtain a service dishonestly and without claim of right, on August 1.
 
Palmer was remanded to October 7, seeking a discharge without conviction. 

Police sergeant Ian Collin says Palmer came to the attention of Queenstown police on July 30 having been found to be in possession of a fake NZSki bus pass, one of many in circulation in the resort around the time. 

Palmer was interviewed and informed the passes were fake, non-transferrable and non refundable. 

Palmer surrendered several bus passes, but stated he had no further passes. 

“On August 1 he attempted to obtain a bus ride to Coronet Peak by presenting a . . . fraudulent bus pass.”
 
When spoken to by police he stated he “knew he wasn’t supposed to be using it”. 

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Full court coverage in Mountain Scene this Thursday