Frauds lead to prison
An unemployed Porirua man with 183 fraud convictions used a forged firearms licence to obtain credit cards and spend more than $20,000.
Bryan Warren Hiscox, 45, pleaded guilty in Porirua District Court last week to charges of theft, fraudulent behaviour and document forgery.
His lawyer, Charlotte Hollingsworth, said Hiscox had a potential employer who would be appearing in court to pay the reparation.
However, when the employer did not arrive, Hiscox told Hollingsworth he could pay the money off at $200 a week, a sum Judge John Walker found hard to believe.
‘‘It is likely to be an empty offer,’’ he said before convicting Hiscox.
Judge Walker sentenced him to 18 months’ imprisonment and ordered no reparation.
In 2009, Hiscox used a forged firearms licence to obtain credit cards from banks.
He spent $18,500 on the first card and $3400 on the second before being caught.
Hiscox also abused his position working as a sub-contractor for Man About the House by stealing insulation materials and tools between 2009 and 2010.