Sydney media agency executive sentenced to home detention after 11 fraud convictions



Former director and owner of The Media Counsel Glenda Wynyard has been sentenced to home detention after being convicted in an Auckland court of 11 counts of fraud last month.

Wynyard currently works at Sydney based independent agency Chaos Media, although her convictions date back to her activity with her own agency The Media Counsel in 2008 and 2009 in New Zealand.

According to a report in the New Zealand Herald, despite being urged by the Crown to lock up Wynyard, Judge Brooke Gibson opted for eight months of home detention, a sentence which has been appealed by defence counsel Paul Davison QC on all but three of the charges.

Davison has also applied for bail on Wynyard’s behalf so she can rejoin her family in Australia. Judge Gibson has reserved his decision until this afternoon on that matter. 

Last month, the court found that Wynyard had used payments that were meant to be given to her accredited agency Carat to repay another debtor of The Media Counsel.

She was also convicted of presenting cheques she knew would not be honoured and providing false and misleading information to New Zealand’s Print Media Accreditation Authority.

According to the NZ Herald the Crown put the loss to Aegis at more than $650,000, but that was disputed by the defence. A report from Radio New Zealand News said a creditor was left $452,000 out of pocket.

Judge Gibson said ordering reparation would be pointless, reported the NZ Herald, with the matter best pursued through the civil courts.

The paper quoted defence counsel Davison as saying the matter was a blip on Wynyard’s flawless record: “One can hardly read letters written by family and not readily appreciate this is a remarkable woman.

“Her children are a great credit to her and her family have been through a tremendous amount through her business collapse.”

“The judge agreed she was “clearly a talented person” and put the offending down to pressure rather than material greed.”

Chaos Media CEO David Lewis said: “Following today’s sentencing Ms Wynyard’s legal counsel have filed an appeal challenging the District Court’s findings and the entry of convictions.  Ms Wynyard is now represented by Mr Paul Davison QC, one of New Zealand’s leading and senior Queen’s Counsel, as well as original trial counsel, Ms Rachael Reed.

“Ms Wynyard’s appeal is founded on legal advice that the core findings of the District Court Judge are susceptible to challenge on a legal and factual basis.  Suffice to say, Ms Wynyard maintains she is innocent of criminal wrongdoing and Chaos Media remains supportive of Ms Wynyard and the advice offered by her legal team. There was no suggestion whatsoever or allegation that she had misappropriated any money for her own personal use and, contrary to statements elsewhere, she was not found to have defrauded any client.”


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