Facing more than 50 charges; fraud allegations total more than $900k

A woman accused of attempted frauds totalling more than $900,000, and who is said to have obtained at least $147,000, was denied bail when she appeared in Gisborne District Court.

Christina Judith Lissington, 27, faces more than 50 charges, mainly for frauds and shoplifting (theft) offences.

She has entered pleas to some and is yet to plead on others.

Counsel Mana Taumaunu sought electronically-monitored bail for Lissington to live with her daughter at her mother’s Kapiti Coast address.

The application was refused by Judge Warren Cathcart.

Lissington, who appeared via AV-link from a prison remand unit, was further remanded in custody to appear again on various dates, according to the plea status on the charges.

The charges have been laid progressively in relation to offending that allegedly began last August and continued until early May, 2019.

It is said to have occurred in Gisborne, Wairoa, Hastings, and Napier — sometimes in more than one of those places on the same day.

Automatic teller machines were used to deposit cheques and withdraw cash. Lissington had numerous bank accounts in operation. Some of her offending involved an old chequebook to which she gained access.

Lissington pleaded guilty to six charges for which she will be sentenced on August 28. A presentence report traversing the suitability of an electronically-monitored sentence was ordered.

Those charges relate to offending in March this year —- driving while her licence was suspended, giving false details and four thefts involving goods valued at about $1700.

Three of the thefts were on March 13; one at a shop in Hastings, the other two in Gisborne.

The charges to which Lissington has pleaded not guilty related to alleged offending on March 13 to May 4 this year — assault with intent to avoid being detected of a crime (theft), six thefts involving goods totalling $2229, trespass, and fraudulent use of a supermarket receipt to try to obtain goods.

On those charges, she will appear again via AV-link for a case review hearing on July 24.

The remaining matters, for which she has been remanded without plea, include the most serious allegations.

Seventeen of them are for fraudulent use of cheques from an old chequebook she accessed made out in the name of Kudos Wholesale Limited.

Using those, Lissington tried to obtain $250,200 between August 30 and September 7 last year. She managed to get $147,293 and the bank is still out of pocket.

Four charges allege she altered cheques made out for much smaller sums to attempt to get much larger sums — $723,000 from cheques originally made out for a total of $227.

For instance, two cheques were made out to Mangapapa Book Club for $2.50 and each was allegedly altered by Lissington to read $250,000 in the hope of getting $500,000.

There are also allegations Lissington escaped custody, further drove while her licence was suspended and stole goods or cash amounting to about $7200.

The largest thefts included a trolley full of groceries valued at $600, power tools valued at $1000, and goods from a shop from which she had previously been trespassed.

On these latest matters, Lissington will be next called at a registrar’s list on June 24. Her attendance that day is excused.

A woman accused of attempted frauds totalling more than $900,000, and who is said to have obtained at least $147,000, was denied bail when she appeared in Gisborne District Court.

Christina Judith Lissington, 27, faces more than 50 charges, mainly for frauds and shoplifting (theft) offences.

She has entered pleas to some and is yet to plead on others.

Counsel Mana Taumaunu sought electronically-monitored bail for Lissington to live with her daughter at her mother’s Kapiti Coast address.

The application was refused by Judge Warren Cathcart.

Lissington, who appeared via AV-link from a prison remand unit, was further remanded in custody to appear again on various dates, according to the plea status on the charges.

The charges have been laid progressively in relation to offending that allegedly began last August and continued until early May, 2019.

It is said to have occurred in Gisborne, Wairoa, Hastings, and Napier — sometimes in more than one of those places on the same day.

Automatic teller machines were used to deposit cheques and withdraw cash. Lissington had numerous bank accounts in operation. Some of her offending involved an old chequebook to which she gained access.

Lissington pleaded guilty to six charges for which she will be sentenced on August 28. A presentence report traversing the suitability of an electronically-monitored sentence was ordered.

Those charges relate to offending in March this year —- driving while her licence was suspended, giving false details and four thefts involving goods valued at about $1700.

Three of the thefts were on March 13; one at a shop in Hastings, the other two in Gisborne.

The charges to which Lissington has pleaded not guilty related to alleged offending on March 13 to May 4 this year — assault with intent to avoid being detected of a crime (theft), six thefts involving goods totalling $2229, trespass, and fraudulent use of a supermarket receipt to try to obtain goods.

On those charges, she will appear again via AV-link for a case review hearing on July 24.

The remaining matters, for which she has been remanded without plea, include the most serious allegations.

Seventeen of them are for fraudulent use of cheques from an old chequebook she accessed made out in the name of Kudos Wholesale Limited.

Using those, Lissington tried to obtain $250,200 between August 30 and September 7 last year. She managed to get $147,293 and the bank is still out of pocket.

Four charges allege she altered cheques made out for much smaller sums to attempt to get much larger sums — $723,000 from cheques originally made out for a total of $227.

For instance, two cheques were made out to Mangapapa Book Club for $2.50 and each was allegedly altered by Lissington to read $250,000 in the hope of getting $500,000.

There are also allegations Lissington escaped custody, further drove while her licence was suspended and stole goods or cash amounting to about $7200.

The largest thefts included a trolley full of groceries valued at $600, power tools valued at $1000, and goods from a shop from which she had previously been trespassed.

On these latest matters, Lissington will be next called at a registrar’s list on June 24. Her attendance that day is excused.

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