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According to NZHERALD a disgraced real estate agent has been jailed for stealing more than $100,000 from Auckland Speedway and pocketing more than $500,000 in a cunning property deal involving Avondale Bowling Club land.

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Aaron Carl Drever has pleaded guilty to a raft of dishonesty and forgery charges in Auckland District Court. He’s had suppression since early 2020 but can finally be named today.

The 39-year-old appeared for sentencing this morning before Judge Barney Thomas, who convicted him on the charges and ordered him to serve two years and two months.

Aaron Drever appears at Auckland District Court for sentencing. Photo / Michael Craig
Aaron Drever appears at Auckland District Court for sentencing. Photo / Michael Craig

“The effects of those losses are extremely real for those people you stole from,” the judge said.

“You can’t avoid prison for what you did.”

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Drever, once one of the country’s most successful and high-profile agents, was struck off in 2016 after notching up a record 12 adverse disciplinary findings, including professional misconduct.

In November of that year, he was approached by Avondale Bowling Club for advice on selling a 1600sq m parcel of land.

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Days later Drever announced he had found a buyer and prepared a sale and purchase agreement with a sale price of $330,000.

The vendor was Avondale Bowling Club Incorporated.

A summary of facts shows Drever secretly set up a company called Avondale Bowling Club Limited to buy the land under the name of his aunt Beverley Ellen Spain.

He then prepared a second sale and purchase agreement between Spain’s company Avondale Bowling Club Limited and 88 Cents Limited, a company owned by property developer Jonathan Michell.