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Walkington also said Phillip Morgan QC had withdrawn as Duffell’s counsel and new counsel was yet to be assigned.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