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All posts tagged "Benefit Fraud"
Woman who ripped off taxpayers would take 587 years to pay back the stolen funds
A woman who ripped off taxpayers for more than $300,000 over 17 years would take 587 years to pay back the stolen funds. Meivisi Taufa, 50, was jailed for three years after admitting 13 benefit-fraud charges and...
- Posted September 10, 2015
Benefit fraud couple: one goes home, other to jail
A 63-year-old Manawatu woman has gone to jail for lying about her relationship for more than 20 years, resulting in her being paid more than $250,000 in benefits. But her partner was not an innocent bystander -...
- Posted July 24, 2015
Invercargill woman guilty of $78k benefit fraud
An Invercargill woman who ripped off the Government for about 20 years by pretending her partner was a boarder has been convicted on multiple counts of fraud. The woman, in her 60s, was granted interim name suppression...
- Posted July 21, 2015
Marlborough couple convicted of benefit fraud
A Marlborough couple have been convicted of ripping off taxpayers by almost $50,000. Renwick couple John Trevor McLeish, 43, and Tracey Michelle McLeish, 33, appeared in the Blenheim District Court on Tuesday. John McLeish admitted three charges...
- Posted July 2, 2015
Woman guilty of $108k benefit fraud
A judge has found a Hamilton woman guilty of defrauding the Ministry of Social Development of more than $100,000. In a reserved decision, Judge David Ruth said he found Natasha Maree Blackburn, 39, guilty of 26 benefit...
- Posted August 26, 2014
Home detention for DPB fraud
A west Auckland woman who claimed two domestic purposes benefits for nine years - and worked while getting them - has been sentenced to 12 months home detention. Glen Eden mother-of-four Faith Hellesoe, 34, appeared in the...
- Posted April 11, 2014
Sobs as pregnant woman jailed for benefit fraud
The de facto husband of a heavily pregnant Waitara woman sobbed loudly in court when the woman was jailed for $119,000 worth of benefit fraud. Te Au Mihi Delores Juanita Pani Adams pleaded guilty in October to...
- Posted January 11, 2014
Same-sex couple face benefit fraud charges
A Work and Income worker is on trial for benefit fraud, accused of helping to create the impression his same-sex partner was single so he could receive higher benefits. The Crown says the pair falsely claimed the...
- Posted December 10, 2013
Costs of benefit fraud to be online
The total costs of benefit fraud to taxpayers will soon be published on the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) website. The announcement comes after a MSD response to a Timaru Herald Official Information Act request. According to...
- Posted October 23, 2013
New Winz rules crack down on fraudsters
New measures to crack down on beneficiaries who have previously cheated the system will begin tomorrow. The 'low trust client' rules are aimed at preventing those with a history of benefit fraud from repeating the abuse. It...
- Posted October 13, 2013
Mum spared jail for $23,000 benefit fraud
A Nelson mother has avoided prison after admitting benefit fraud of more than $23,000. Tegan Marie Aldridge, 23, of Stoke, pleaded guilty in the Nelson District Court last month to eight separate charges of obtaining by deception...
- Posted September 26, 2013
Bankrupt turned to DPB fraud
A three-times bankrupted builder has pleaded guilty to benefit fraud. Grant King has made headlines several times over recent years with complaints from disgruntled customers. This week King appeared in the Auckland District Court on six charges...
- Posted September 24, 2013
Benefit fraudsters sentenced
Two repeat benefit fraudsters have been sentenced after unlawfully claiming benefits worth $53,000 and $22,000 respectively. The Napier District Court heard on Friday that Emmarina Thomasina Huirua, 47, claimed $53,000 worth of benefits she was not entitled...
- Posted September 2, 2013
Benefit fraud swoop nets thousands
More than 3000 alleged welfare cheats receiving a total of $33.7 million a year have been caught in the past six months. The Government says the findings are the result of a new way of sharing information...
- Posted July 18, 2013
No jail for $70k benefit fraud
A Hamilton housewife has avoided jail after defrauding the Ministry of Social Development of nearly $70,000. Katarina Eileen Davey, 38, was today sentenced to 10 months' home detention after being sentenced on 11 charges of using a...
- Posted December 10, 2012