Frauds lead to prison

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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.

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