Fraudster jailed for scamming businesses out of $33,718

A judge showed a recidivist fraudster no leniency when jailing him for scamming two businesses out of more than $30,000.
Jason David Simpson appeared before Judge Tony Greig in the New Plymouth District Court on Tuesday for sentencing on three charges of obtaining property by deception and two of breaching release conditions.

Simpson had pleaded guilty to some of the charges last year and had been set down for a judge-alone trial on those that remained this week, but he instead entered last-minute guilty pleas.

The summary of facts stated Simpson had been disqualified from being a director of a company due to his previous dishonesty convictions.

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However, in November 2019 he coerced a naive young woman he had met on social media to sign documents which he then used to register a company, Arizona Transport Ltd, in her name as the sole director and shareholder.

The company transported furniture and vehicles around New Zealand.

Once the company was registered Simpson operated it using a bank account, opened by the woman, to deposit client invoices before getting her to transfer the money into his personal account.

Simpson then contacted U-Tow NZ and Hirepool, opening trade accounts for the long-term hire of trailers, using fake names, and racking up bills of $3145 and $30,573.54 respectively.

He also took out public and carrier liability insurance with PIC Insurance but never made any payments.

Defence lawyer Julian Hannam said Simpson fully intended to reimburse his victims once he was released from jail.

Hannam said Simpson acknowledged he had got in over his head and crossed the line in a number of regards.

Clearly he should not have been operating a business and he accepts that.

Simpson would not pursue similar activity when he was released and intended to train in the engineering industry, he said.

Judge Greig noted Simpson already owed more than $20,000 in reparation but said he would be ordering the reparation sought by the hire companies as they had suffered a loss.

They didnt have those vehicles available to hire to customers.

A presentence report listed Simpson as a very high risk of reoffending and described the things he said and did as self-serving.

Judge Greig said he would apply the rules strictly when calculating a discount for Simpons guilty pleas as he was not entitled to get the full credit.

Simpson was sentenced to a total of two years and eight months on all of the charges.

Judge Greig acknowledged Simpsons offer to pay reparation but was sceptical whether he would follow through.

You have told a lot of lies to a lot of people.


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