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"This was quite an ingenious type of false pretence," said Senior-De-tective Trethewey in the Police Court yesterday, when introducing Raymond Goyne Leeder to the notice of Mr. J. H. Luxford, S.M.

Leeder, a motor mechanic (27), for whom Mr. W. Noble appeared,, pleaded guilty to 14 charges of obtaining sums of money totalling £109 by false pretences, and to another of stealing a cheque form valued at 2d. In 11 instances he obtained money by falsely representing that he could supply motor tyres, engines or felt.

Senior-Detective Trethewey said Leeder stole a cheque form and, after filling it in for £9. cashed it. He then committed 14 offences of false pretences.

"His modus operandi was to watch advertisements inserted in newspapers by persons wanting to buy motor car tyres, engines or floor felt, and then approach them and represent that he had just sold his business and had the goods for sale," continued the senior-detective. "He also told the people that he could supply the tyres with the permission of the Ministry of Supply. In most cases he was paid a deposit, but in a few he received the full amount. "Leeder was sentenced to two years' reformative detention early in 1943 for the offence of forgery and uttering and was discharged in March of last year. He is quite an old offender," he added. Mr. Noble pointed out that Leeder was yet a young man. He had made a clean breast of everything when seen by the police. "Unfortunately he seems to have employed an entirely new technique in committing these offences. Mr. Luxford: Not very new Merely an old idea, but contained in a new "wrapper." Counsel added that he could only throw Leeder on the mercy of the Court. "But the Court has got no mercy for you, Leeder," said the magistrate. "For four months you adopted a course of conduct which has been profitable to you. Now you must pay the penalty. On each of three of the charges you will be sentenced to six months' imprisonment with hard labour, the terms to be cumulative. That means you will serve Hltoeeiher 18 months."

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FALSE PRETENCES, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 189, 11 August 1945

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FALSE PRETENCES Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 189, 11 August 1945

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