Loizos Michaels fraud case: Who's who

George Plakas
George Plakas

The Michaels family

Loizos Michaels: Aged 45, born in Cyprus, family emigrated to Melbourne. A master conman, convicted yesterday of 30 counts of deception which defrauded his victims of $3 million.
Helen Vassilakas: Sister, aged 44. Wanted in Australia for fraud.
Panayiota Loizou: Mother. Police believe she is with her daughter.
Michael Paelis: Father, returned to Cyprus, now dead. Described by his son as a miner.
Caroline Wood: Wife and victim of Michaels. Bankrupted and lost her home.

The partner in crime

George Plakas: Posed with Michaels as a high-roller at the Christchurch casino. Later convicted and jailed in Australia for A$750,000 fraud.

The Christchurch casino executives

Stephen Lyttelton: Former chief executive. Lost $951,000.
Peter Arbuckle: Former gaming manager. Lost $1,465,000.

The politicians

Peter Goodfellow: National Party president and longtime friend of Lyttelton. Agreed to be director of a company that was part of the scam. Lost $114,000.
Gerry Brownlee: Cabinet minister, agreed to be director in a company that was part of scam. No financial loss.

The moteliers

Janet & Ted Jackson: Moteliers, conned in a deal to buy their motels. Lost $353,000.

The sportsmen

Jonah Lomu: Was to have been the face of a world kickboxing competition Michaels claimed to be developing. No financial loss.
Other sports people: Details suppressed. Combined loss $286,000.

- NZ Herald

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