Former mortgage broker Kerry Buddle, who is facing allegations of a $1 million deception, has been sentenced for ''relatively low-level dishonesty''.
In June last year Buddle used a former business associate's credit card to pay for motel and hotel accommodation.
Buddle, 32, is now a new mother and was sentenced today to 100 hours' community work and to pay just over $2000 reparation.
Buddle, who is on a benefit and is a bankrupt, is to pay reparation at $10 a week.
In Wellington District Court this morning her lawyer, Marty Robinson, attempted to show Judge Chris Tuohy that Buddle had already been punished by the publicity surrounding other fraud allegations.
Last month she was charged with obtaining by deception after former mortgage broking clients allegedly lost about $1m.
But Judge Tuohy said the two cases were unrelated and the publicity surrounding one case could not be taken into account on the other.
Buddle pleaded guilty to the four charges of obtaining the motel accommodation by deception.
Judge Tuohy said she was a first offender and the motel charges were relatively low-level dishonesty.
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