Charges laid against bankrupt former property developer

By Edward Gay

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A bankrupt former Auckland property developer and accountant faces dishonesty charges totalling more than $2 million.

Peter Stewart James Lockie, 59, was back at the Auckland District Court yesterday where police laid 10 charges relating to cash and properties.

According to police charge sheets, Lockie used forged documents including GST tax returns and business letters to get loans from JDC Finance.

He is also alleged to have used a forged sale and purchase agreement for a home in Mission Bay with a capital value of $800,000.

The new charges cover alleged dishonesty crimes totalling more than $1.3m.

They come five months after police laid 33 charges in relation to offending allegedly carried out between May 2005 and August 2009.

Police said the total amount involved was $642,500, although the charges refer to a total of about $900,000.

Lockie is accused of accessing the bank accounts of Norwich Properties Limited, the Takapuna-based company where he worked as an accountant, and transferring tens of thousands of dollars into other accounts.

He allegedly made 21 false statements in his employer's accounts resulting in him being paid about $80,000 more than he was owed.

Lockie is alleged to have deceived people into investing large amounts of money to buy debentures in companies he was involved with, offering a generous interest rate. The money was never invested as proposed and the investors lost $217,000, police claim.

He also allegedly deceived people into investing $140,000 in property with the money not used as intended.

Lockie, whose occupation was listed as unemployed in court documents, was ordered to surrender his passport before being bailed to a house in Chatswood on Auckland's North Shore.

It's not known where police allege all the money went.

However, according to the charges, Lockie allegedly spent $126,000 on an upmarket family home in Auckland's Kohimarama and bought an antique table for $12,000.

Lockie is also accused of using another $78,000 to clear tax debt.

In 2010, he lost more than $500,000 on a property he'd invested in on Seaview Rd, Piha when property prices plummeted.

He was made bankrupt in February that year.

- APNZ

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