Four in court accused of invoice scam

Four people accused of an advertising invoice scam have appeared in Wellington District Court.

James Burns, 39, and Anthony Hendon, 52, each facing multiple charges of using a document for pecuniary advantage.

They are accused of selling $1.6 million worth of advertising for magazines that were either never printed or the number of copies printed was grossly exaggerated.

A man, 61, and a woman, 59, whose names are suppressed, face similar charges.

All four, and another woman who failed to appear in court, are charged with being part of an organised criminal group.

The judge issued an arrest warrant for the woman who failed to appear and remanded the four other accused on bail.

The matter will return to court on 19 December.

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