Ministry of Transport swindler Joanne Harrison pleads guilty to benefit fraud

By on November 1, 2017
Ministry of Transport fraudster Joanne Harrison pleads guilty to benefit fraud

A Northland woman in jail for defrauding the Transport Ministry of more than $700,000 has also pleaded guilty to benefit fraud.

Joanne Harrison, 50, a former Far North District Council manager, appeared via audio-visual link in the Kaikohe District Court yesterday charged with defrauding the Ministry of Social Development of just over $6400.

She pleaded guilty to two charges of using a document for pecuniary advantage and one of obtaining a benefit by deceit.

Harrison had falsified a wage slip to show she was earning $482 a week, so she could claim a domestic purposes benefit, when she was, in fact, earning $1842 a week as a manager at the Department of Corrections.

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