Name suppression for couple on dishonesty charges


A middle-aged Queenstown couple have pleaded not guilty to 26 dishonesty charges involving almost $124,000.

The husband and wife have been granted interim suppression of their identities and occupations.

The couple, in their 40s and 50s, are jointly charged with 18 counts of causing a loss by deception over a span of four years.

Court documents name 16 different people who are alleged to be victims, losing thousands of dollars each, as well as one company and one unknown person.

They are also jointly charged with eight counts of using a document dishonestly with intent to obtain a pecuniary advantage.

In Queenstown’s district court on Tuesday, lawyer Richard Cunliffe entered not guilty pleas on their behalf and they were remanded on bail to December 8 for a case management hearing.

The couple have elected trial by jury.

Mr Cunliffe says interim name suppression is needed because publication of their names was “likely to cause extreme hardship to the defendants” for loss of reputation and financial loss.

Judge Bernadette Farnan granted the name suppression on that basis.

Otago Daily Times