A Queenstown property developer facing a raft of fraud
charges totalling more than $US60,000 ($NZ72,400), relating to
properties in the United States, was remanded without plea by
Judge John Strettell in the Queenstown District Court
Duty solicitor Sonia Vidal, who said Kerry Colin Christian
(55) had counsel in Rotorua, initially sought interim name
suppression for Christian, who was ''self-employed'' and had
''He operates an international company; his credibility is
However, Judge Strettell said that was the ''very reason'' he
was hesitant to grant the application.
''The [alleged] deceptions have arisen as a result of that
international company being used to cause that loss.
''I would need some sort of undertaking ... that he wouldn't
operate in the meantime if I was to give him an interim name
suppression order, with an indication it would be unlikely I
would extend that past the first remand date.''
After a brief stand down, Ms Vidal said Christian no longer
wished to advance the application.
He was remanded on bail to reappear in the Queenstown
District Court on December 2.
He was required to surrender his passport, not apply for any
international travel documents and not contact eight people
mentioned in the police report.
The Companies Office shows Christian is or has been a
director or shareholder of 24 companies, 19 of which have
been struck off.
Of the remainder, three are in the process of being removed
from the Register of Companies and one is overdue in its
obligation to file an annual return and therefore in danger
of being removed from the register.
Just one company, Classic Wine Tours Ltd, incorporated in
April last year, of which Christian is the sole director,
The USA Property Turnkey Solutions LLC website says it is a
joint venture between Buy Low AZ, based in Phoenix, Arizona,
and How2 - Christian's company - based in Queenstown.
The website says the NZ USA Property Turnkey Solutions LLC
company was established to ''assist individuals wishing to
invest in the US property market'' and had partnered with
''the American team'' to form a new company.
That company provided New Zealand investors with foreclosure
properties in the United States that provided cash flow ''in
a safe environment''.
Christian is charged with: unlawfully causing a loss of
$US25,000 to Lindsay Richards by deliberately overstating the
purchase price of a property in Arizona, US, between July 30
and October 16, 2012; receiving $US24,500 by failing to
account to Lindsay Richards, at Tauranga on October 16, 2012;
on or about July 10, 2012 at Whangarei dishonestly using a US
Property Turnkey Solutions LLC order form; receiving $US6343
by failing to account to Dirk Ziebert, on or about August 22
at Whangarei; dealing with $US7346 from Mr Ziebert not in
accordance with requirements, on or about March 6 at
Whangarei; dishonestly using a US Property Turnkey Solutions
LLC order form at Wellington, on or about September 20, 2012;
on or about October 25, 2012 at Wellington misusing a
settlement statement for a property in Memphis, US; on or
about November 20, 2012 misusing a settlement statement for a
second property in Memphis; and two charges of making false
declarations to notary public David Brent in Wanaka, on May
24 this year.