A Self-Accused Swindler
At Auckland a man named F. P. Williams who has lately beeii a hotelkeeper, stated to the police whilst under the influence of drink that he had been guilty of a number of audacious thefts and embezzlements, committed m England, America and the Colonies at different periods of his life, and that he had m 1855, m the early days of Ballarat, while employed by Mr Joshua Vines, of the firm of Vines and M'Phee, coach proprietors, robbed that gentleman of £2000 when he was carrying on the business of a gold broker. The Auckland police have made inquiries m Australia, and the statement of Williams has been verified. Williams absconded from England m 1843 with £300, and a few years later cleared out from America with 20,000 dols. of embezzled money while manager of a Bank. Since making the confession to the the Auckland police, the self-accused man has disappeared, and is supposed to have gone to Sydney on Tuesday m the Wairarapa. Christchurch, July 4. A Christchurch resident communicates to the " Scar " a confirmation of the confession of F. P. Williams, who accused himself of stealing £2000 from Joshua Vines, on the Victorian diggings. The affair happened at Creswick. Williams deposited m the Bank a parcel of nails, lead, etc., instead of the £2000 m gold entrusted to him.
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A Self-Accused Swindler, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2458, 4 July 1890
A Self-Accused Swindler Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2458, 4 July 1890
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