Another one?! New Zealand merchant jailed for wine fraud

on 18/06/12 at 11:11 am

Wine

New Zealand wine merchant Simon Mickleson has been jailed after scamming clients out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Mickleson was sentenced today in Auckland to two years and four months in prison after earlier pleading guilty to 16 counts of fraud.

Judge Grant Fraser described the Mickleson as “sophisticated” and said there was still over NZ$540,000 owed to his victims, a sum never to be paid back as Mickleson was declared bankrupt last week.

Among Mickleson’s vicitms were a top New Zealand auction house and senior figures in the legal industry, including the lawyer to the Todd Property Group, owned by New Zealand’s richest family.

“Over 20 years of experience and expertise is effectively down the drain,” the disgraced merchant’s lawyer, Grant Illingworth QC, told Auckland District Court.

Crown prosecutor Robin McCoubrey said Mickleson deserved a term of imprisonment.

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