Accountant who stole millions jailed

A Hamilton accountant who admitted stealing millions of dollars from a family trust has been sent to jail for more than five years.

Gary Soffe, 52, pleaded guilty in May to nine counts of theft by a person in a special relationship and one count of obtaining by false accounting and obtaining by deception.

The charges related to about $4 million he stole from a family trust, which he used to fund a lavish lifestyle.

Judge Glenn Marshall sentenced him in Hamilton District Court today to five years one month imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of two years six months, the New Zealand Herald newspaper reported.




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