Stephan Grant Goodburn
Brooke Bath - STUFF - July 11 2017 Stephan Grant Goodburn was sentenced at the High Court in Auckland for a decade of lies that resulted in $1.4M falsely obtained. A serial fraudster who conned an Olympic athlete, friends and girlfriends of more than $1 million to fund his lavish lifestyle has been sentenced to six years behind bars. Stephan Grant Goodburn, 55, pleaded guilty to six charges of deception which saw him falsely obtain $1.4 million from five victims. He was sentenced in the High Court at Auckland on Friday after 10 years of keeping up a web of lies and deceit. The offending took place between 2005 and 2015 and had sucked in a number of his friends, as well as women he had formed close relationships with. The court heard Goodburn claimed he wanted to keep up the lifestyle of his wife and child. Through his employment in a media organisation, he promised his victims he could purchase shares in the company at a reduced rate. One woman was led to believe Goodburn wanted to take things "to the next level" and was duped into paying downpayments for houses in Auckland, Justice Matthew Downs said. When one victim grew suspicious, Goodburn threatened that he would go to prison unless he paid him further. But the shares did not exist. Nor did the houses or an alleged Serious Fraud Office investigation, the court heard. Goodburn used the money to fund his own "lavish lifestyle", Justice Matthew Downs said.
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1962 (D.O.B. is approximate)
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