Christchurch grandmother admits $250,000 welfare fraud

By on July 23, 2017
Christchurch grandmother admits $250,000 welfare fraud

Grandmother Jasmine Kasiana Teowai Hudson is likely to spend her 63rd birthday in jail after pleading guilty to a $250,000 benefit fraud.

An appalled Judge Alistair Garland sent Hudson, who turns 63 in November, home on bail to sort out her affairs before sentencing next month.

Hudson pleaded guilty in the Christchurch District Court to rorting the welfare system of $246,872.96. At $20 a week repayments, it would take her 236 years to pay off the debt.

Over 15 years, Hudson received an invalid's benefit, a supported living benefit and reduced Housing New Zealand rent.

Hudson claimed she was not living with a partner, when in fact, she was.

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