Disgraced ex-All Black Zac Guildford has been sentenced to nine months’ home detention for fraud charges, including one against his own grandfather.
Stuff.nz reports that the 33-year-old admitted to stealing $41,500 from his grandfather via online banking and to another charge of defrauding a friend of $60,000 in May. Both acts were driven by a gambling addiction.
He was also sentenced on Friday to driving charges relating to an incident last August.
“What’s serious about this is it is offending against someone who’s vulnerable,” Judge Noel Sainsbury said. “It was a gross breach of trust and the impact of the offending will ripple through the family for a long time. This was classic addiction driven offending.”
Guildford made his All Blacks debut against Wales in 2009, going on to play at the 2011 Rugby World Cup. But the former wing has struggled with alcohol and mental health problems for large parts of his rugby career.
In 2011, he was accused of drunken naked assaults during an alcohol-fuelled series of incidents. He also pleaded guilty to punching a woman in 2019, while he was intoxicated.