The Michaels family
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.
Sister, aged 44. Wanted in Australia for fraud.
Mother. Police believe she is with her daughter.
Father, returned to Cyprus, now dead. Described by his son as a miner.
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.
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.
Janet & Ted Jackson: Moteliers, conned in a deal to buy their motels. Lost $353,000.
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.