The Serious Fraud Office has laid charges against a man they say lived off millions of dollars fraudulently obtained from others.
Mark Lawrence Ivil , 58, was on Thursday charged in the Tauranga District Court with 21 charges of obtaining by deception, 14 of obtaining by false pretence, two of using a forged document and two of obstructing an investigation.
It’s alleged that from 1990 to 2014 he fraudulently obtained $4.28 million.
The SFO investigation has been investigating Ivil since the early 1990s and allege that he survived financially by receiving cash and direct credit payments from a number of people.
They accuse him of persuading these people to provide him with funds with “convincing and plausible scenarios” about returns on a property development in Australia as well as other schemes.
Ivil has further been charged with failing to appear at an interview with the SFO and failing to provide documents during the investigation.
SFO director Julie Read said Ivil had a reputation for being elusive and using aliases.
“This could potentially mean there are more victims. We encourage anyone who is concerned about their dealings with Mr Ivil to contact the SFO.”
Ivil will next appear in the Tauranga District Court on July 28.
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