A second man has been convicted of dishonestly obtaining
money from Kiwibank in a scam using valueless automatic
Mosgiel labourer Gavin Manu Howie (23) used the illegally
obtained $5000 to buy a car, the Dunedin District Court heard
The court has heard twice this week about the scam, which has
cost Kiwibank $29,100 since February, with attempts being
made to transfer a further $7500.
Howie, who appeared before Judge Dominic Flatley yesterday,
admitted dishonestly using a Kiwibank eftpos card to obtain a
pecuniary advantage on April 16 and 17.
Police prosecutor Tim Hambleton asked for suppression of the
details of the scam. He said Kiwibank had been targeted
locally by criminal offending since early in the year in a
scam involving the use of valueless automatic payment fraud.
Howie, who had a Kiwibank account, became aware of the scam
and created a situation whereby he was able to withdraw $5000
from his account although he knew he did not legitimately
have sufficient funds to cover that amount.
He used his Kiwibank eftpos card to make four withdrawals at
the bank's Mornington ATM about 11.15pm on April 16. Shortly
after midnight, he used the card again at the Dunedin Casino
and withdrew another $2500.
When police spoke to him, he admitted the facts. He said he
had heard about the method used in the scam and was aware he
was not entitled to use the money he managed to obtain from
Howie was convicted and remanded for sentence on September
* On Tuesday, Dunedin forklift driver Adrian Waldron (32),
admitted stealing $4800 from Kiwibank on April 26, using the
same method, although he said he had not been involved in
setting up the scam. Waldron is to be sentence on September