Fraud case de­ferred to next July

Matamata Chronicle - - News - MIKE MATHER

A Waikato man ac­cused of de­fraud­ing soft­ware in­vestors of more than $400,000 has four more months to wait un­til he goes on trial.

Brian Jef­frey Duf­fell, 53, of Mata­mata, faces 36 charges re­lat­ing to his com­pany, Sil­i­con Rain­bow Ltd, which was used to help mar­ket and pro­mote his in­ter­net mar­ket­ing sem­i­nars around New Zealand and Aus­tralia.

He was to be­gin a three-week trial in the Hamil­ton Dis­trict Court on Fe­bru­ary 1.

How­ever, at an ap­pear­ance on Oc­to­ber 8 the court was ad­vised by lawyer Lyn Walk­ing­ton that date had to be va­cated and a new trial date, from June 20 to July 4, had been en­tered.

Walk­ing­ton also said Phillip Mor­gan QC had with­drawn as Duf­fell’s coun­sel and new coun­sel was yet to be as­signed.

Duf­fell’s new lawyer should be known at his next ap­pear­ance on Novem­ber 3.

At an ear­lier ap­pear­ance last Septem­ber, Duf­fell en­tered not guilty pleas to mul­ti­ple charges of us­ing a doc­u­ment ob­tained by de­cep­tion.

He also pleaded not guilty to charges of know­ingly be­ing party to a com­pany with in­tent to de­fraud and with in­tent to ob­tain pe­cu­niary ad­van­tage us­ing a Trade Me clas­si­fied in­quiry know­ing it to have been al­tered and us­ing a Quick Of­fice Pro Li­cence Agree­ment for pe­cu­niary ad­van­tage.

PHOTO: FAIR­FAX NZ

Brian Duf­fell.

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