If anyone in Taumarunui has an up-to-date photo of Grant King, could you please email it to me at [email protected],co.nz
I will keep your identity anonymous when I post it up.
If anyone in Taumarunui has an up-to-date photo of Grant King, could you please email it to me at [email protected],co.nz
I will keep your identity anonymous when I post it up.
Hopefully the Taumarunui Buy & Sell Facebook page moderators will do their 4.3k members a public service, and let this ad run – they will save their community much heartache as a result.
Remember “Fixit Felix”?
Felix was the cartoon builder in the movie Wreck-it Ralph.
When Ralph would break things, Felix would make all things right again.
Not so “George Good” (Grant King).
“George Good” POSES as Fixit Felix, but he is really Wreck-It Ralph in disguise.
Some reported recent examples form Taumarunui include:
a/ Grant King posing as a mentor to a young vulnerable woman, when in reality Grant is preying on her;
b/ Grant King pretending to be a mighty local business owner, when in reality he is a 3-time indefinite bankrupt, and has just been given the arse by a local Maori Trust;
c/ Grant King name-dropping local high profile entities to all and sundry, when in reality he is simply grooming his next commercial “mark” (Doneright Movers? Caveat Emptor).
As I have said on a number of occasions over the years, I have eyes everywhere, and it seems “George Good” needs to be reminded of this from time to time.
Such as now.
Word to the wise in Taumarunui: The next time “George Good” introduces himself as “George Good”, ask him to produce some verifiable identity – you will find you are in fact talking to Grant Norman King (Wreck-it Ralph).
And that should make you very cautious indeed.
Further to my last post, when I was considering taking this site down, I have been recently reminded as to why this site needs to remain live.
I received a communication from a person from Taumarunui (Grant Kings latest residence) berating me for allegedly “publishing untrue information” about Grant King.
Scratching the surface revealed that this person was a female solo mother, who has a young daughter, and was someone who King had “been helping”.
In other words, an exact match to the common target profile that Grant King sets his sights on, before going in for the monetary or sexual thrill “kill”.
I have warned her, and (I am assuming she can read what is on this site) that is all I can do.
However, if I ever needed evidence, that, almost 9 years after this site was launched, it still serves a purpose, then this communication with this woman did it for me.
For as long as Grant King is drawing breath – this site will remain live.
Approximately 8.5 years ago, a 32-year career criminal by the name of Grant Norman King, who had dramatically harmed the lives of 69 other fraud victims causing approximately $3.5 million dollars in fraud, chose to do the same to victim # 70 (me).
I was to be his last victim, and the consequences of King choosing me as a target proved (and still prove) to be a disaster for him.
So, what to do now?
After 8.5 years, King has experienced extensive media exposure, a raft of criminal convictions (including a jail sentence), an indefinite bankruptcy, and in indefinite restraining order.
There has also been no further reports of King committing any new criminal acts since this website went live in 2011.
Has this website done its job, or would the removal of the website (it’s online presence statutorily reinforced by a landmark court order), simply invite King to begin re-offending, safe from Google’s ever-present eyes?
I’m thinking these things through, and would welcome any feedback on this musing.
Go to the following link, type in Grant Norman King in the search engine, and go to the last bankruptcy highlighted in bold:
My goodness, Grant “Gypsy Pants” King is certainly living up to his name recently.
A spell in Whangaparaoa with his Mum, followed by a stint in Taumarunui with one of his elder daughters, a brief stop-off in Auckland, followed by a “hunkering down” in Wellington with another daughter.
As a publically disclosed beneficiary, King will have needed to provide Work & income NZ with a permanent residential address in order to meet obligation criteria for receiving same.
Hopefully, he is keeping his WINZ Case Manager advised of his nomadic wanderings (we will let them know, just to be sure).
If King wants to remain under the radar, then having photos of him petting a cat being posted onto Instagram, which then discloses his whereabouts, probably wasn’t his smartest move.
Taumarunui still seems to be Grant Kings current domicile.
It seems a number of sources are reporting that Grant King may have now moved out of Taumarunui, and back into 46K Garfield Rd in Helensville.
I am aware that there was a growing negative community pressure in Taumarunui against King’s presence, but up until very recently, I wasn’t aware that this pressure had resulted in an outcome.
If my “eyes on the ground” people in Helensville have any information pertaining to he above possibility, please let me know.
In a Judgment that was delivered in just 8 days from the date of the Court Hearing, the Auckland District Court has granted an indefinite Restraining Order against Grant King.
The application for the Restraining Order was made by me, against Grant King, and for the second time, I have been successful in winning in Court against this callous and unrepentant individual.
Since 2011, Grant King has been making anonymous false and defamatory posts about me in various online forums, in a longitudinal attempt to try and attack and discredit me.
King did this in retaliation to me exposing his criminal past, and because I have assisted various statutory agencies to secure 12 convictions (including an 18 month jail sentence) against King between 2011 -2016.
To put this number in context: these 12 convictions represent 25% of Kings total conviction tally to date.
King had engaged in a similar vicious smear tactic against Rocna Anchors some years ago, when he was fired for theft and embezzlement, and then King subsequently anonymously posted false and defamatory information about Rocna Anchors.
This action against Rocna bought the company to its knees in a commercial sense, and in those days, it was well nigh impossible to fight back.
The Court has instructed King to not only cease and desist his online posting activity, they have ordered King to remove any and all posts related to me.
Failure by King to comply with the Court Order will result in either jail time, or significant and ongoing fines for non-compliance.
What was King’s defence?
Are you ready for this?
(Ahem): “It wasn’t me”.
Sadly for King, the Judge didn’t buy it, and awarded the decision in my favour.
King had to drive the better part of 300km from Taumarunui to attend the Hearing (and then 300 km back home), and even tried to have the matter adjourned until December 2017, but to no avail.
The Restraining Order is indefinite, so if King EVER posts anything about me again, anywhere, and under any name – he is toast.
More on this later – it’s in process.
“Fair Go” has just exposed this guy as a Class A rip-off artist in West Auckland:
The callous arrogance and dismissive attitude of the man towards his clients who he has ripped off will be familiar to readers of this website.
Richard “No Shame” Craven: An “odd-job” man who appears to be a complete tool.
Waihi & Taumarunui readers – you now have your proof – now, guard your kids.
Grant Kings’ adult daughters Emma King & Sequoia King should be utterly ashamed of themselves in their local defence of their pedophile father.
Grant King has been spinning like a wobbly top recently, trying to convince all and sundry that he was never the subject of sexual offence charges against a minor (i.e. a convicted pedophile) in 2004.
As always, King is about to be taken to the cleaners for trying to dupe those around him.
A “taster” of what is coming:
R V Grant Norman King at ( ) District Court, TO21957, Dated 8 April 2004.
Convicted of 2 counts of Indecent Assault involving a girl aged between 12 and 16.
Count 1: 6 months imprisonment.
Count 2: 12 months imprisonment.
Both sentences served concurrently.
Judge did not consider King suitable for home detention.
Judge SG Lockhart, QC
According to the people who were at the Hearing and Sentencing, King blubbed like a baby as he was led away.
Once the SST Offenders Database on Grant King is live, this website will link to it.
I received a call today from Netsafe, who have been charged with the responsibility of managing applications from individuals who are allegedly distressed by online information about them, under the Harmful Digital Communications Act.
It seems that Mr Grant King has made an application for a “take-down” notice to Netsafe regarding this website, because Mr King claims the site has posted either quote “false allegations” about King, and / or that Mr King is suffering quote “serious emotional harm” as a result of the information on this website, and /or that Mr King feels quote “threatened” by this website.
Absent in Kings application to Netsafe was any self-awareness about the false allegations, serious emotional (and financial) harm, and threats that King has invoked upon his 72 (known) victims in his 32 year criminal history.
We’ve been here before.
King failed to convince a District Court Judge of these claims in 2014, and if it is of any use to Netsafe, here is a copy of that Judgment:
All that King managed to achieve in his previous attempt to shut this website down was an avalanche of affidavits from his many, many victims, and embedded media attention on a scale that far and away exceeded the reach of this website.
So…………it seems King wants to have another go at shutting this website down, despite not once requesting any corrections or amendments to any information on this website, in the six years this website has been running.
OK then – batter up.
My recommendation to Netsafe is to kick this one straight to the Courts – I already have the press release ready to go.
A number of local parents have now made contact with this website asking for further details of Grant Kings 2004 conviction for sex offences against a minor.
This website is unable to release the court documents without identifying the victim, however if parents wish to make contact with the victims family, please leave your details in the comments section of this post and we can pass your details onto the family for them to contact you.
As all post comments are moderated before being published, there is no risk of your details being published on this website, unless you give us consent to do so.
Please label your enquiry “Not for publication” in the email text box of your query.
15 Tumoana St, Taumarunui (source: Google maps).
“Like a possum caught in the headlights – so are the days of Grant Kings life”
The beauty of this network of over 70 victims of Grant Kings 32 years criminal history is that it is very, very motivated to see justice done when it comes to Grant King.
Another feature of the network is that it is simply EXCELLENT at recruiting new advocates to the cause.
One such example is a lady by the name of Paulette Ata, who has discovered that Mr Grant King has popped up just across from her house in Taumarunui:
True to form, as soon as King gets sprung, he trolls this website with a host of false identities, trying to pretend to be a host of different people while he desperately attempts to cover his tracks.
Too late, Ponyboy – Taumarunui is onto you, and particularly the lady above.
It’s a pity to hear that Sequoia King, Grant Kings daughter is down there with him – we are guessing that the new relationship and the job didn’t work out, huh?
Information from the GNKASS Network has just come in, which indicates Mr Grant “Gypsy pants” King has made yet another geographical move, this time (reportedly) to the town of Taumarunui:
Word also has it that King, a convicted paedophile, has moved into Tumoana Street, in Taumarunui – have a look at the location of the local primary and intermediate schools in relation to Tumoana St, which is highlighted in red below:
We will check this lead out a little further and update accordingly.
It seems that Grant “Gypsy pants” King is doing the rounds of the ever-decreasing circle of family members that will still speak to him, and that he may simply be visiting, as opposed to residing in Taumarunui.
A recently abandoned (by King) court case had King’s address on the court paperwork firmly ensconced in Whangamata, so we will assume for the meantime that he is still living with family there.
If there is one thing that readers have learned about Grant King over the past 5 years, it is that anything or anyone that King comes into contact with, experiences damage of some sort – we were no exception to this rule.
This damage can be commercial, financial, personal, and in the case of Grant Kings repeated sexual grooming and assault upon minor females, both physical and psychological.
Recently, Grant “Levy Ponyboy” King scuttled away to Whangamata to serve out the rest of his 18 month jail sentence, and is now reportedly living with family.
No doubt thinking he was safe from the GNKASS Network, King then went about trying to once again create another victim of what we in the network have termed”GNK Syndrome”.
The trouble for King was – the GNKASS Network (which now includes members from the Bay of Plenty) got wind of what King was up to, and stepped in to assist.
King was stopped before he even got traction on his latest attempt of extortion.
Delightfully, we now hold all the correspondence King used in his attempt to victimise another innocent party.
Again, in little words so that Mr King is able to maximise his understanding of his on-going predicament:
We have eyes everywhere:
The following message is from the family of Hayley Morgan:
“Hayley is now living with her family and working to start a new life and does not wish to have any involvement with Grant King. We don’t want Grant to be able to take away Hayley’s enjoyment of Horses and competing, so we are asking people in the horse circles to help keep an eye out for Hayley and let Grant know he is not welcome at horse events”.
Hopefully “Levi Ponyboy” will get the message, even all the way from Whangamata.
The GNKASS Network information line has been running hot over the past few days.
Most of the information has been (as usual) sent to the various statutory organisations that this website has shared information with, going right back to 2011.
This piece of information though is intriguing, as Whangamata is just 30km away from Waihi.
Does this image shock you?
Because there are others I could have uploaded that would have told a much more graphic story.
It seems that with Grant King out of prison and now on electronic bail, there are a number of young women who, having now had sufficient distance from the “Stockholm Syndrome” of being in Grant Kings clutches, are now coming forward and sharing their stories of their awful experiences with King.
The trouble is, when the young women and their families then reportedly attempt to make complaints against Grant King at the Helensville Police Station, the families are telling this website that the Helensville Police fob them off with the oft-used catch-phrase when it comes to Kings offending, “your complaint is a civil matter”.
In 2004, King was sent to prison for the sexual assault of a minor.
Long story short, King kidnapped a young minor woman he had been grooming, took her away to a motel, and spent the weekend sexually assaulting her.
Post-prison sentence, Grant King then groomed a then-14 year old Hayley Morgan (again via horses) whose family were neighbours of Grant King, and who for years refused to believe that King was sexually grooming their daughter.
King would (and still does) pretend to the authorities that he was / is acting in a “care-giver” role for Hayley – they ended up being in a relationship for many years, and word is that this relationship has recently resumed.
Fast forward to Helensville, circa 2011-16.
During this time, King has ingratiated himself into the “horsie” set, and has favoured Woodhill Sands as his preferred hunting ground for prey.
Woodhill Sands of course has been repeatedly warned about Grant King and his paedophile background, but they have continued to entertain him.
Now, there are (at least) 4 young women that we know have been groomed by Grant King in recent times, who have made themselves known to this website.
Their story is exactly the same.
King will give the girls money, time, and horses, whilst simultaneously be-friending the young girls families.
Over time, King works to either isolate the young girls in a setting away from their family and friends, or will attempt to drive a divisive wedge between the young girl and her family, whilst positioning himself as “someone who understands” what the young girl might be going through (which is most often just teenage angst).
At times, King has even been successful in having young girls “choose” to live with him in his “care-giving” role.
One young lady reportedly made this decision to move in with King, and when she tried to leave the house because she was frightened for her safety, King tied her to a bed and wouldn’t let her go.
Now older and wiser, these young women are now summoning the courage to speak up about what happened, and they want to be able to file formal criminal charges of sexual assault against Grant King – but the young women say that the Helensville Police refuse to take their criminal complaints.
So, what is actually going on?
Maybe a representative of the Helensville Police Station could give me a call and give their side of the story?
In the meantime, there is a bunch of young women who are keen to talk to local Police – about criminal, not civil matters.
It seems it is now the Bay of Plenty to which Mr Grant King has turned his feral attention:
Word is that King has moved out of Helensville and into Waihi township.
Appropriate notifications are now being sent to various contacts within the area, including local media, and the Police.
What’s very interesting to me is the activities Mr King is now apparently engaged in, whilst on community detention via electronic monitoring.
Out of jail in September 2016, and soon to be back in trouble again just two months later.
Still using the [email protected] email address, and the (022) 018-9290 mobile phone number too, I see.
Dumber than a sack of hammers.
Yes, after spending 9 months inside Mt Eden Prison, Grant King will be serving the remaining 50% of his 18 month sentence on community detention with an ankle bracelet for company.
Let’s see how long Mr King can keep on the straight and narrow from here on in.
The latest family photo:
The GNKASS Network has about a dozen pairs of eyes on him in various places, so no doubt if there is anything to report, we will hear about it.
The delay in this story being published by the NZ Herald ( a big thanks to NZ Herald reporter Rob Kidd for following this story up, and keeping up with developments) was the attempted (and then abandoned) High Court Appeal by King.
Here is the link to the NZ Herald article:
This is the hard copy article:
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The “40 previous convictions” piece in the article will certainly come as a surprise to many, as it is likely that King had a string of offences to his name when he ripped off his later victims.
Here is the full 2015 Conviction Summary of Grant King:
Here is the 2015 Sentencing Judgment of Grant King:
Here is the 2015 High Court Public Examination Judgment of Grant King:
I suspect Kings Lawyer told King not to further try the patience of the Court.
A person by the name of Emily Dickson has posted a “crazy, crazy, crazy” post on the Helensville Community Facebook page regarding a sale at the now defunct Trident Cycles at 103 Mill Rd, Helensville.
The biggest concern is that the Chinese owners of Trident (Pang Bei investments) are shutting up shop in NZ, so anyone who buys a Trident bike will be unable to claim on any supposed warranty, and they won’t be able to source any parts if their bike breaks down, as there won’t be any NZ agency to contact.
The sale is a classic “dump and run” exercise that businesses do when they are exiting a territory or country.
The Trident bikes also do not meet NZ manufacturing and safety standards – Pang Bei simply imports them and then loads them onto Trade Me – well, they did, until I was able to get their Trade Me shop shut down.
It’s buyer beware out there Helensville – buyer beware.
It appears that the bikes have been re-possessed by 103 Mill Rd Helensville owner and Landlord Caleb Jackson, and are being sold to recoup lost lease costs.
In 2013, I attempted to warn Mr Jackson about leasing space to Grant King – I was told by Mr Jackson to go away.
In the District Court trial in which Grant King was convicted, Mr Jackson stated under oath that when he took on Grant King and Trident Cycles as a tenant, he “didn’t care who the tenant was, as long as I was getting my money”.
It sounds like Mr Jackson didn’t “get his money” after all, and is now yet another victim of “GNK Syndrome”.
Prison life can’t be agreeing too well with Grant King.
King has filed an appeal against his jail sentence, and this appeal will be heard tomorrow, 5/2/16, at 9am, Auckland High Court, Waterloo Quadrant.
King has filed his appeal from behind bars, having been denied both bail and grounds for an appeal at his December 2015 sentencing in the Waitakere District Court.
King was escorted into Court by a Security guard (King having first been delivered to Court from Mt Eden Prison) and appeared for an Appeals Call-over today at 9am.
King is wanting to appeal his sentence, and his bail refusal.
The Judge has set down a 1 day hearing for Monday 22/2/16 for Kings appeal.
On leaving, King sullenly declared “I’ve already spent 2 months in custody”.
Kings current release date from prison is September 9th 2016, after which time he will spend 9 months on Home Detention with an ankle bracelet, completing the 18 months sentence he was handed on 9/12/15.
Gee – 2 whole months already.
We have our next entry into the catalogue of businesses who have suffered “GNK Syndrome” when allowing their business interests to have anything to do with the now-jailed Grant Norman King.
I guess we know who now has the blue Crewman, judging by the photos below:
Well done GNKASS Network: that is now 4 illegally managed businesses being run by Grant King that we have been able to meaningfully contribute to shutting down 🙂
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Sarah Harris from Stuff should dig a little deeper into these two, and she would discover that they are both:
As a former client of the Mihakas has written:
Mike Edmonds claims to be a builder, but has minimal abilities in this field.
What he does have is the gift of the gab which makes him sound convincing.
Do not give him unsupervised access to you home – he and the “workers” he employs will help themselves to your property.
Don’t be fooled by by his stories, it’s just him trying to gain your confidence.
What building he does really doesn’t impress the Council Building Inspector.
He’s not beyond doing plumbing, gas fitting, and electrical work, all well below par and will need doing properly by registered/qualified trades people so it is compliant and covered by your insurance.
He likes to circumvent any regulatory authority and passes the so called “savings” onto you, when in reality he charges less because he’s not worth much more than the minimum wage, pockets 100%; pays no tax on this cash income and you’ve become complicit in something illegal.
Meanwhile he siphons off building materials from your job to others he has on the go.
His terms of endearment are not at all flattering, nor is his breath which suggests he’s full of sh**t, because that is what it smells of!
Karina Mihaka has the balls and bash in their relationship.
Apparently, she controls Mike on a shot leash that can lead to the odd black eye if he stands up to her.
She runs a 2bit company called Troubleshooting Builders which like the name, leads to trouble – sub contracted to Spencer Henshaw doing maintenance and repairs on Housing NZ homes.
How does a bankrupt do this?
Better still how does a Company doing Goverment (tendered) contracts fail to do their homework on sub contractors?
They now have another company Off the Grid, their foray into self sufficiency and accompanying publicity is just a front to advance their business.
They may offer guarantees but the reality is will they be around in a year or two?
My advice to anyone with the idea of dealing with these two Muppets on any level is to run, run, run because if you don’t it will cost you dearly in the long run, one way or another.
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
Sarah Harris from Fairfax Media, and Spencer Henshaw Builders have now been advised of the situation at hand – I trust they will take care of their Consumer populations appropriately, and not allow the Mihakas to create even more fraud victims.
Editor update 1/2/16:
It seems the Mihakas are a wee bit upset about this post (well, Karina is, and being the mouth AND the trousers in the relationship, she has, in true Karina Mihaka style, completely lost the plot – thanks to my “eyes in the sky” for bringing this to my attention, and please see the “Reply” section of this post for some truly vintage Mihaka prose):
A number of people have provided information over the years regarding Grant King.
If any reader wishes to forward any information about Grant King that they believe may be helpful to the Insolvency Office, please email [email protected] who is handling the Grant King file.
They say a picture speaks a 1000 words:
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We all know who the guy on the left is.
The young girl next to him is Krystal Gurnett.
The girl next to her is Cheyanne Blair Cage-Brown.
The woman with her faced obscured?
That would be Krystal’s mother.
(Note: Despite multiple warnings over the past 4 years being sent to these two organisations about Grant Kings sex offender convictions, it appears both organisations are quite happy for a convicted child molester to be mixing with their members, guests, parents, ands children).
According to the GNK “Tip-line”, Grant King has been providing “care-giving” services to Krystal & Cheyanne.
Grant King also provides access to his horses for these two girls, and often takes one or both out to dinner and other social events.
Krystal has also reportedly been seen in the community working with Grant King at Trident Cycles (103 Mill Rd, Helensville).
This situation sounds both awfully, awfully familiar, and very, very dangerous for the young women concerned.
As readers of this website will be aware, Grant Kings current partner is Hayley Morgan.
Hayley is currently 28, and was groomed by Grant King from the age of 14 within the local horse riding fraternity, while Grant King was still married to Katherine Denz, Sequoia Kings mother.
In 2004, Grant King was sent to prison for the sexual violation of a minor (an assault shockingly assisted by one of Grant Kings own daughters, in terms of the initial set-up).
Now we discover that Grant King is now grooming not one, but two vulnerable young women – again, from within the horse riding fraternity, and with the apparent blissful ignorance of at least one of the parents.
The abject failure of the duty of care being shown by the Helensville A & P Showgrounds & The Helensville Pony Club also now beggars belief.
While I am thankful that Grant King is now in prison, and can’t get access to women young enough to be his grandchildren, I, and it appears a number of other locals have, and are now raising concerns regarding these matters.
I am hopeful that the parents of these young women read this post.
Be angry with me if you like for publishing this post, but for goodness sake – start protecting your children from Helensvilles’ most infamous predator – Grant Norman King.
If it takes you being angry with me in order for you to take some action to protect your kids – then so be it.
Here is a recent NZ media article that gives us a pretty good summary:
The first night would have most likely resulted in King getting the standard “new cell resident” beating from the existing cellmate he will be double-bunking with.
Such an exercise sets the tone for cell and prison population hierarchy.
This is a request for information for anyone who may know the answer to the above question.
We know Grant King moved the product last week from 103 Mill Rd, Helensville:
And we know it was Trident Cycles products:
What we don’t (yet) know, is………….where is it?
Please email me on [email protected] if you can assist?
It’s taken 4 years, 329 website posts, 14 convictions (secured between 2011 and 2015 against King), 3 Statutory investigations by two Ministries of the Crown, 1 landmark Legal case precedent win, 8 media articles, the support and assistance of key King fraud victims and dozens of GNKASS (Grant Norman King Accountability Support Society) supporters, most of whom I have never met, who have been our eyes and ears in the field – but we did it!
Grant Norman King spends his first night tonight in Mt Eden Prison, beginning an 18 month term of imprisonment.
The end, when it came, was a pathetic display by Grant King, as he simpered, pleaded, and tried to manipulate the Judge and the legal system one last time.
In the dock, King pleaded “mitigating circumstances” – the Judge said “None that warrant consideration in this matter”;
King then tried “humanitarian grounds on basis of looking after dependent (19 and 27 years of age is dependent?) young women” – the Judge said “You should have thought of that before you committed your crimes”;
King then had a go at the “It’s coming up to Christmas, can we take the time of year into consideration?” -the Judge said “We don’t decide different sentences on the basis of the time of year, but on the basis of the law and the appropriate legal precedents / authorities – every authority I have canvassed says you should receive a jail sentence”.
Then it was “I don’t want to be 62 years-old and on the scrapheap, I was just being entrepreneurial and didn’t mean any harm to anyone – I just made a mistake” – the Judge said “You are a brazen and recidivist offender who conducts a charade of outward compliance whilst misleading the authorities, and you have a long history of offending, characterised by a strong sense of entitlement towards other peoples money”.
Kings last attempt at some sort of freedom then lay with his Amicus to assist the Court, who suggested that a sentence of Home Detention would meet the “deterrence” requirement for King to change his ways, whilst protecting the public – the Judge said “Home Detention is an inadequate sentencing for this level of offending”.
Immediately on being sentenced on 6 jail term convictions (all to be served concurrently, the longest sentence being 18 months imprisonment), King applied for bail pending an Appeal of his sentencing – after a brief Adjournment, the Judge said “Application denied”.
The on-duty Policeman in the dock then reached for his handcuffs, while Grant “Levi Ponyboy” King / Grant Good / George Good / Grant Norman / Grant Melrose (and all his other online aliases) and his daughter Sequoia King sobbed up a storm – it was like watching two people who had been living in the twilight zone their entire lives finally wake up to reality – and it wasn’t at all pretty to watch.
Grant Norman King, who has amassed over 40 offences in his criminal logbook of life, who even now has over $20,000 of fines owing to the Crown, who sold the Chinese investors in Tern Anchor and Trident Cycles down the river for over $300,000, who hid over $58,000 of income from the Official Assignee this time around, and who has amassed nearly $4 million dollars of fraud against 71 victims of fraud in the past 33 years, was led away, crying and sniffling like the proverbial baby.
I can’t imagine Mr King is going have a very pleasant time in Jail as a historically convicted sex offender.
Double-bunking at Mt Eden Prison should be fun too, I would imagine.
Gotcha, you prick.
The above is just a “taster” of the full story, which I have tonight had confirmed is being scheduled for publication within the next 1-2 weeks with an exclusive media organisation.
I have screeds of documents to publish as well, and I will release these documents on the website on the day the exclusive media news article is published.
Word on the Helensville grapevine is that Grant ‘Ponyboy” King has been working on a few cars at 103 Mill Rd, Helensville.
Goodness, the last time “Ponyboy” was let anywhere near cars, it didn’t go that well.
In 1982, King was jailed for 6 months on 4 charges of receiving stolen vehicles. King was a self-employed panel-beater and car painter in Otahuhu, and received a number of stolen vehicles though his workshop, grinding the engine and chassis numbers from the vehicles, and then repainting them.
Wouldn’t be yet ANOTHER illegal business in the making, would it?
The following document (below) is the original 1994 transcript of “Quinby Enterprises Ltd (In Liquidation) (a Grant King-created illegal investment company), vs. The General Accident Fire & Life Assurance Corporation Public Limited Company”.
The story this document reveals will in part be familiar to many of Kings 72 fraud victims.
King comes up with a grand scam, takes money off people who trust him, and then tries to get away with keeping the money via manufacturing a “dispute” between the parties.
What isn’t so well-known is that at the time of this case being investigated, King was found to have secured around $750,000 in investment and debt using other peoples money, none of which he invested (except into his own bank account), and that the NZ Justice Department had King dead-to-rights in breach of numerous statutory authorities.
These breaches by Grant King were so significant, that even the Judge who was hearing the “Quinby” case (eventually heard in the Auckland High Court in 1994) expressed his incredulity that, rather than the NZ Justice Department prosecuting King to the very extent of the law regarding the investment fraud, they instead offered King a deal that if he paid back the money and stopped advertising for investors in his scam arrangements, the NZ Justice system would let him off prosecution.
Naturally, King took the deal, but then refused to pay back the money, and was subsequently adjudicated bankrupt in 1991 (Kings first bankruptcy).
This story also reveals an additional $500,000 in fraud committed by Grant Norman King that I was not aware of.
Which now makes Grant King the $4 million-dollar man in terms of the amount of (known) fraud King has perpetuated upon other people during his 33-year criminal career.
Just think: if the NZ Justice system had nailed King in a criminal case in 1991, imagine how many fraud victims of Grant King might have been spared the loss, anguish and trauma they subsequently experienced as a result of Kings multiple illegal fraudulent actions against them?
I have often wondered why Grant King seemed to present so confidently in Court environments, even when the evidence against him has historically been so utterly and completely over-whelming.
After reading this Judgment, I now think I know why: relatively early in his longitudinal criminal career, King won a massive “staring competition” with the NZ Justice system, and I suspect that when that happened, King (understandably, I guess) truly felt that he was untouchable.
The full Judgment is below:
And if anyone thinks that the cause of the fire mentioned in the Judgment was a faulty plug board – then I have a bridge to sell you 🙂
A readers comment probably sums this story up nicely:
“There’s nothing like the disinfecting power of a little sunlight exposing the activities of people such as this. Justice Barker was not impressed with the quality of his (Kings) evidence and it seems not much has changed since”.
I have just received this email from an organisation calling itself China Registry Headquarters:
(Please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent. Thanks)
We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in Shanghai, China. On Nov 5, 2015, we received an application from Huabo Holdings Ltd requested “grantnormanking” as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names. But after checking it, we find this name conflict with your company name or trademark. In order to deal with this matter better, it’s necessary to send email to you and confirm whether this company is your distributor or business partner in China?
Jason Liu General Manager China Registry (Headquarters) 6012, Qilai Building, No. 889 Yishan Road,
Shanghai 200233, China Tel: +86 21 6191 8696 Mobile: +86 138 1642 8671 Fax: +86 21 6191 8697 Web: www.chinaregistry.org.cn
It won’t work: if “Huabo Holdings” try to make a claim on this domain name, they will face a WIPO application.
Probably something Pang Tong Investments and Director Wei Li could do without, what with everything else going on for them at the moment.
Sunlight is coming, Mr Li, sunlight is coming.
I guess they haven’t heard about the book, either then……………………..what a cast of characters THAT’S going to reveal once it’s released!
We now know that Grant “Levi Ponyboy” King has been engaged in illegal trading as an undischarged bankrupt right up until (at least) Thursday 29/10/15.
We also now know that King has been receiving money for Trident products as an “independent trader” (if the Chinese investors at Pang Tong Investments would like the contact details of these people who have dealt directly with Grant King in this capacity, and who have the email trails to prove it, please email me at [email protected] and I will forward these details to you so that you can verify this claim for yourself).
What we don’t know is how many other people there are “out there” who are in the same boat.
We know there will be more Trident fraud victims, because with King involved – there just always is.
If you are a Trident Cycles customer, or a customer of “Levi Norman” or ‘GK Norman”, or “Levi Ponyboy”, or “George Good” or any other rendition of Grant Norman Kings battered name, and you have been ripped off, please contact me via email at [email protected] and I will put you in touch with the appropriate authorities who will be able to assist you.
“Levi Ponyboy” Grant King is now in a desperate, and ultimately futile attempt at damage control.
It seems that these recent posts have attracted the (warranted) attention of a number of interested parties to the content, and Grant King has now made contact with Victim # 72, pleading with them to have these posts removed from this website.
I pause to consider how it may have felt for the victims of Grant King (72 victims over a 33-year criminal history, totalling approximately $3.5 million dollars in fraud), who may have made appeals to Grant King for him to “do the right thing” by them?
As readers of this website will now know, appeals to King in the realm of decency, integrity, keeping ones word, honouring contracts, or upholding his end of any deal always fell on deaf ears – King would either ignore them, threaten them, abuse them, or go into “victim” mode and claim “harassment” against him.
Now the shoe is on the other foot – “Ponyboy” is squealing like a stuck pig.
For goodness sake, Grant, what you are experiencing is the law of natural consequence – for once in your life, own up, and man up.
Your host of victims would expect nothing less of you.
In the words of one victim who wrote to me today:
“Grant King stole almost all I had worked for all my life up until that time.
He deserves to be punished for what he has done”
My goodness what a day it has been today for “Levi Ponyboy” Grant Norman King:
Not content with:
1/ Being busted by Trade Me (for the fourth time) for illegal trading whilst a bankrupt;
2/ Being outed by witnesses to the illegal trading (who have the evidence) all of which affirms his “donkey-deep” role in Trident Cycles;
3/ Losing his job, income, vehicle (and who knows what else);
4/ Being exposed today as vigorously biting the hand that has been feeding him;
Mr King has now embarked on issuing direct threats against me in the public arena, via direct approach.
Apparently, according to “Ponyboy” I am to now “watch my back” – against what exactly, King didn’t say to me at the time.
King then hauled out his mobile phone, took a photo of me, and then rabidly declared that he was going to set up another website about me – and in doing so, inadvertently admitted his ownership of a previous “anonymous poster” website (Ooops).
So basically, he simply lost the plot.
Now, I do understand and recognise that Mr King is under a significant amount of stress at the moment – but the consideration by Mr King that his stress is self-induced and a result of natural consequence for his own actions and behaviour seemed utterly lost on him.
Apparently, everyone else is to blame for his car-crash of a life, and he is a victim in all of this.
Parallel universe, anyone?
There is much, much more of this story yet to be published (via exclusive mainstream media) – but all in good time.
“Levi Ponyboy” Grant King is nothing if not careless.
Further to this story reported yesterday, the victims advise that Grant King was operating as an “Independent Trader” (which would also be illegal for King to be, under his current third bankruptcy) on Trade Me, and all references and identifying details pertaining to the Trident Cycles merchandise he was flogging to an unsuspecting public had been removed.
It wasn’t until the Trident Cycles victims found this website, and then tracked King to the Trident Cycles Facebook page (where they subsequently found the bike they had purchased) that they realised they were buying a Trident bike.
King had stripped all identifying Trident features from the bike point-of-sale, so that:
a/ Trident Cycles could not be identified as the manufacturer;
b/ Any and all warranties for the bike he was selling to them could not be subsequently claimed against.
Now, either Pang Tong Investments (the parent company of Trident Cycles in NZ) and Directors Wei Li & “Stone” Shu are parties to this commercial fraud, or King has been skimming product off the top of the inventory list, and pocketing the cash for himself as an “Independent Trader”, without the knowledge of Pang Tong Investments.
Of course, this should be no surprise to Pang Tong Investments, as this is exactly what King did when he worked at Holdfast Marine selling Rocna Anchors – Pang Tong were the manufacturers for King then as well.
Talk about a mass fallout among thieves -wait until all of this hits the local and international Chinese media in a few weeks time.
Grant Norman King continues to extend his middle finger to the NZ Legal System:
The latest fraud victim (# 72) writes:
“My husband is the member on TradeMe, and you know the story, this guy was trading again on TM. using the name Levi but I remembered Helensville as his area.
When the bike didn’t turn up, and he suddenly disappeared from TM, we contacted TM and made a report and then heard nothing back.
We had basically accepted that we’d lost the money, and being a birthday present, our daughter was also very disappointed.
Then yesterday we rang, e-mailed ([email protected]) and phoned TM again, and they got back to us to say that they had contacted him via e-mail, (as he didn’t return their calls either) and his story was he’d just sent it, and TM was giving him until this morning to do so.
They refuse to give me any details about this “trader”, or why he is no longer on TM.
The name the “trader” gave me to bank the money was Levi Norman. I was checking my bank account yesterday and I noticed that the name actually came up as G K Norman, so I started to search, white pages, nothing, and then variations on G – greg, garry, and then grant, and guess what, I saw your site, and read it, then saw the trident cycles connection, and looked on FB, 103 Mill rd Helensville and his website, and there is the bike we purchased.
I tried the phone number for Trident, it goes to answer phone every time.
But I knew it was the same guy. So it was actually his bank account that gave him away.
I keep looking at your site, and then read the story about TM and tried the mobile number, and he actually answered.
He was a bit flustered as to how I had connected the dots, I launched into I’ve bought a bike from you on Trade Me…which he at first denied.
However he was then able to tell me that he had just yesterday sent it to Toll to be freighted and knew the receivers details and address, and gave me some story about a guy named Levi who lived down the road he sells bikes too, who then resells them on TM.
However he could not give me his phone number when I asked for it…
I just told him I didn’t believe him, and that he was the same person, which he denied.
When I asked him about being bankrupt, he confirmed it, and he said he just worked for Trident cycles.
I insisted on a tracking number, which TM was unable to even get out of him.
He gave me one, it was incorrect when I searched for it.
I then rang Toll, and they did actually confirm that they had picked up from 103 Mill rd a package for my daughter. So maybe miracles do happen, I’ll let you know when it is received.
So our concerns are the same as yours in that TM is letting this guy trade and as you said throwing people under the bus! this is not on.
This experience has been awful, the whole site is built on trust, and it is a big ask to hand over money in good faith based on a picture.
If TM weren’t so paranoid about getting their money and insisted on more transparency, contact phone numbers, address verified, bank accounts, maybe less people would be scammed.
If they themselves had more trust that the sellers would pay them!
I think he has only decided to send it in the end because TM investigations was onto him and he must really need TM to sell these.
However it does not change the fact that as you pointed out he should not be trading at all.
How do you hold TM accountable?
I did e-mail them the link for your TM story, so hopefully they digest that.
They seem unwilling to accept any liability, and quite prepared to protect this guy?”
Long story short: Grant King is still illegally trading, despite a host of legal sanctions against him not to (including a High Court Judgment).
And Trade Me’s role? An appalling case study regarding the on-going enablement of a criminal.
NZ Legal system: over to you.
This has just come in:
We must be number 72 just been scammed by this guy on Trade Me after parting with $345 for a bike for our 14 year olds birthday. Trade Me are doing nothing and won’t even give me his details, but with a bit of investigation I found your page.
My alarm bells rang when he didn’t return my e-mails, and then suddenly disappeared from Trade Me. And of course no bike! calling himself Levi Ponyboy…
This guy needs to be stopped.
Grant King, Auckland City, 11/9/15
(Photo: Steve Taylor)
Where is Grant going, who is that with him, and what is Grant carrying in his hand?
(Photo: Steve Taylor)
And very, very soon, we will tell you how, who, what, and why – exclusive media story pending.
Wow. Just wow.
Readers would have heard the term “GNK Syndrome” over the years that this website has been live.
GNK Syndrome is where a business, agency, or individual engages Grant King in some manner, and the business, agency, or individual promptly loses money or assets (or both – actually, usually both).
A cursory review of the GNK Offender Timeline gives some stunning examples of this chronic, no-cure condition, and we now have another two companies to add to the list that have seemingly “done its shirt”, only this time it’s a Chinese-based company, Pang Tong Investments, trading as Pang Bei Shanghai, and the listed overseas Directors of Tern Marine NZ ( – take a look at this financial statement of accounts:
For years, Grant King has passed himself off as some “Super Salesman” – the figures in the above financial statement show otherwise.
Maths is such a pure language 🙂
Joe is to be commended for his willingness to tell his story publically – for every person who knows about Grant King and his opportunistic and strategic criminality, the less future victims there will be:
It was my misfortune to meet Grant King in Auckland in 1987.
It was my enormous misjudgement to invest a significant amount of money with him.
I am an American who lived in New Zealand near Nelson on the South Island for most of 1987.
I spent a few weeks in Auckland toward the end of 1987.
When I was about to return to the U.S., I read and responded to an advertisement placed by Grant King in an Auckland newspaper.
The ad described briefly an investment opportunity that yielded a high interest rate.
I contacted and met with King.
He explained that he was raising funds for small businesses in New Zealand.
He was lending these businesses modest sums. He explained it in detail to include the significant demand for these funds and the interest rates that he was charging.
At the time, it seemed reasonable.
I also liked that my funds would help small New Zealand businesses. I decided, far too quickly, to invest.
I insisted that there needed to be solid collateral for my funds, US
$USD 180,000 (NZ $310,000 at that time).
These funds represented a combination of my savings and a final payoff I had just received from a business I had sold in the U.S.
This investment with King was to finance my retirement as I had planned to allow the interest I was due to accrue for some years before taking payment.
King drew up an agreement dated November 16, 1987.
The agreement included the following four properties as collateral:
Interest payments to me were to begin to accrue monthly on December 10, 1987.
I signed the agreement without checking his collateral, background, or character.
I thought I was a good judge of character and believed what he had presented.
What I should have done was checked with an Auckland attorney but I did not.
Naïve and gullible, I gave him the funds which would end up as a 100% loss to me.
I never received even one payment.
His collateral turned out to be worthless.
It took me many years to recover from this financial loss the magnitude of which at the time it occurred was devastating.
Things must be getting desperate for Grant King – he’s had to resort to cheap pop-up canopies and boxes-for-furniture to flog off his illegally imported gear to the locals at the local Helensville A&P Show.
Looks like King is having a fire sale – understandable, given the new cluster of criminal charges he is now facing.
Questions must now be asked of the local Helensville A&P Show Committee: what in the world was King doing anywhere near a public event in a commercial role as a multiple convicted fraudster, especially as he is also a convicted pedophile, in an environment frequented by children?
(Update: A Helensville A&P Show Committee member has confirmed in writing that “in respect of Mr King, we do not and cannot do background checks on the people who book trade sites at the show. If there are restrictions against Mr King trading in a public place then I would expect this to be overseen by the Department of Corrections and the Police, the latter being present at the Show”).
No sense of Fiduciary care to the public then………………………
It is said that a picture paints a thousand words – read away:
Grant King / George Good, Helensville A&P Show, 28/02/15
If you are reading this post, then somewhere along the way, you have had the gigantic misfortune to run into Grant Norman King.
Grant King also goes by the name of George Good.
This site has been compiled by the people who had this misfortune before you: 71 of us to be exact, and collectively we span a 32 year history with Grant King, with the combined fraud committed against us by Grant King amounting to approximately $3.2 million dollars over this time.
Since the time that this site went live in 2011, we as a victims collective have managed to assist in 8 statutory convictions against Grant King, and at the time of writing this post, we anticipate more convictions against Grant King will be secured in 2015.
We have also been able to place Grant King front and centre into the public spotlight via 7 media articles over this time, articles that have initiated on-going Statutory interest in Grant King.
In addition, we have worked hard to ensure that Grant King was not released from his third bankruptcy in October 2013, and the outcome of a High Court Public Hearing against Grant King in 2014 is “decision pending” on whether the State will decide to keep Grant King listed as an undischarged bankrupt indefinitely.
We also won a landmark District Court case in 2014 that ensures that this site will never disappear or be taken down.
In 2011, Steve Taylor (fraud victim number 70), convened this site, and with the assistance of this network, Steve has led the charge for the past 4 years in the role of our Consumer Advocate towards maximising the possibility of Grant King being held to account for his longitudinal and unscrupulous actions.
If you, like all of us, have indeed had the gigantic misfortune to run into Grant King, then we are hopeful that the information contained on this website will be helpful to you in your pursuit of justice against Grant King.
Some useful links for you in your information search concerning Grant King are posted below:
“All it takes for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing” (Edmund Burke)
The Grant Norman King Accountability Support Society (GNKASS)
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It seems yet another Helensville local has discovered that dealing with Grant King (or “George Good” as he names himself on the Helensville Community Facebook page) isn’t exactly a box of chuckles.
King threatens to sue all and sundry on the page for “damaging his reputation” – Grant King has done a pretty fair job of damaging his reputation himself – see below:
The last time Grant King took someone to Court (me), it didn’t work out so well for him that time either:
Kings only appeal for self-defence? His self-authored fantasy-land blog he has been writing – again, anonymously (although in linking to it, he confirms his authorship).
Helensville local Amy Christy is to be congratulated for fronting up Grant King and his illegal businesses.
King admits 3 times that he is the owner and operator of the business, Trident Cycles.
This “trifecta” disclosure is in direct contrast to what King has been telling other statutory parties to date, and this link has naturally been posted to them for their attention.
Goodness only knows what his Chinese pals are saying about King right now.
I only hope that Amy Christy is not fraud victim number 72.
I have had it confirmed today by the Auckland Council that the property that Grant King has moved into (the upper business space at 103 Mill Rd, Helensville), is zoned” Commercial Use” only, which means that King is now living illegally at the premises.
The Auckland Council has now received a formal complaint, and are now acting on it.
Predictably, this decision by King to flout local bylaws has now dropped his landlord, Caleb Jackson, right in it: it is the landlord who is liable for ensuring that a property is being properly used for purpose.
The fines for non-compliance are substantial, especially when agreements of this type are willingly entered into by the parties.
So, King once again finds a “fall-guy” in Jackson to take the hit for Kings own irresponsible and cavalier attitude towards the law.
Websites; Pewter products; Marketing pins; Sleepouts; Kennels; Anchors; Bikes; Paddle boards; and now Awnings?
Grant King, having moved out of the State Highway 16 property he was renting from an Australian Landlord, has now moved into the non-residential zoned upper floor of his business premises at 103 Mill Rd, Helensville, leaving an unholy mess (and most likely a substantial rent arrears bill) at his former State Highway 16 address.
Awnings now seem to be the flavour-of-the-month product for Grant King, and I’m picking any Trident Cycle warranties will now be null and void in the absence of any on-going substantial trade in bikes and bike parts.
If anyone has any further information pertaining to the awning business, please advise?
It seems that the failed legal attempt by Grant King to have this website shut down has not dimmed his enthusiasm for trying to achieve his goal through less overt means.
Since the Court case, King has attempted to employ a number of strategies to achieve what now seems to have become quite an obsessive goal on his part.
In the meantime, Kings illegal management as an undischarged bankrupt of Trident Cycles and Tern Anchor (for which he is currently before the Courts – again) has resulted in Tern Anchor disappearing as a business, Trident Cycles losing 50% of its trading space in Helensville, and King and Trident Cycles being permanently banned from Trade Me for (again) breaching Trade Me’s terms and conditions of trade.
Yes, times for Mr King must indeed be tough – a recent confirmation from an American Paddle Board company that King had been trying to sell “knock-off” copies of their paddle boards in NZ was met with a quick withdrawal of these boards from sale in NZ.
And as we await the High Court Ruling as to the status of Grant Kings bankruptcy (which is most likely to become permanent), and as Lawyers throughout the land now regularly reference the King v Taylor court case in their submissions to Court when representing clients under the 1997 Harassment Act, the name “Grant King” is now embedded in the legal, media, and online communities for all to see.
It didn’t have to be this way for Mr King.
The solution to Kings current (unwelcome to him) high profile was offered to King way back in 2011 – and again in 2012 -and again in 2013 – and Kings answer was always the same – “No”.
The solution offered to King was a simple one – that King pay back the money he stole from us, plus our costs incurred to pursue the claim against King, and that a settlement would be considered, a settlement which would involve the removal of this website from the public domain.
It is said that wisdom is proved right by what results from it, and the result of Grant Kings’ “wisdom” on this matter has been evident for all to see over the past three years – court convictions and sentences, multiple media, more court cases to come, lost businesses, King being ostracised from his local community, King shifting to smaller and smaller accommodation, a formal public examination (a full write-up of this is to be published, once the High Court Judgment has been delivered)….. the list goes on.
Long story short – King has chosen to bathe in the consequences of his own actions, whilst accepting no responsibility for these actions, and crying to anyone who will endure him “it’s not fair”.
So King wants this site down?
No problem: King just has to pay me what he stole from me, plus costs, and the site comes down – a simple example of restorative justice.
If King’s answer continues to be ‘No” – then this site will continue to monitor him and report on him – forever.
Over to you, Mr King.
Message to Spreets, sent today:
I am the Convenor of www.grantnormanking.com
I understand that Grant King, a 3 x undischarged bankrupt, is trading via Spreets. This is a breach of Mr Kings bankruptcy conditions.
Mr King is currently before the Courts for trading as Trident Cycles and Tern Anchor whilst an undischarged bankrupt, and has been banned from Trade Me for the third time for trading outside their terms of service.
Mr King is also before the High Court on a Public Examination to consider keeping him in indefinite bankruptcy.
I have passed this information to the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment for their attention, and the Insolvency office.
Please feel free to contact me if you need to.
Grant King is a significant risk to Consumers – 71 fraud victims and over $3 million dollars in fraud over a 32 year period will attest to this.
It has just been confirmed that Trident Cycles and Tern Anchor have been banned from Trade Me (for the third time) for breaching the TM terms and conditions.
All Trident Cycles & Tern Anchor products have now disappeared from Trade Me.
But knowing Trade Me as we all do – it won’t be long before NZ’s most infamous three-times undischarged bankrupt, Grant Norman King, is welcomed again by Trade Me with open arms.
The ‘GNK Syndrome” effect is what happens to a business when the business lets Grant King anywhere near it.
True to form, Grant King continues his destructive journey through the NZ business sector, this time taking out 50% of “Trident Cycles” whilst acting illegally as the Manager of the business, and whilst a bankrupt, since its inception in New Zealand.
So, 50% of the Trident Cycles shop has headed for the scrap-heap (although online sales are still operating on Trade Me), Grant King is most likely heading for trial to be prosecuted for (again), operating a business whilst an undischarged bankrupt, and we await the High Court decision regarding placing Grant King into indefinite bankruptcy.
Just another day in the toxic twilight zone that is Grant Norman Kings pitiful and ultimately meaningless life.
While we all await the Judgment of the High Court regarding the Public Examination of Grant King by the Office of the Official Assignee, it has come to light that Grant King is facing yet MORE charges in Court.
It will be best to wait until due legal process has occurred before I post the specifics of the latest charges.
The Detectives profile of a serial fraudster in the second part of the article is fascinating reading: