A convicted fraudster and blackmailer who racked up more than
100 offences during an Invercargill crime spree will stay
behind bars until she is sentenced at the High Court next
Diane Boyd, 46, obtained thousands of dollars in cash, two
cars, furniture, clothing, electronic goods, and services
during several months over 2010 and 2011.
When a victim discovered her scamming, she threatened to
unveil nude photographs of him unless he handed over cash and
Boyd, also known as Retahi and Goldstone, committed most of
her crimes in Invercargill, and later fled to Christchurch.
Today she appeared in Christchurch District Court for
sentence on 104 fraud and theft charges, and one of
A further charge of obtaining telecommunication services by
deception was also admitted to today when she appeared before
Judge Jane Farish.
But the sentencing could not go ahead because Judge Farish
had not previously noticed the blackmail charge among the
raft of offences.
"I should've picked up this charge of blackmail," Judge
Blackmail can be dealt with only by the High Court, and so
sentencing was adjourned until March 20.
Boyd was remanded in custody while pre-sentence, victim
impact, and psychological reports were prepared.