Alleged Kapiti loan scammer Kerry Buddle is now accused of benefit fraud and appeared in court today on charges laid by the Ministry of Social Development.
The 33-year-old, who now lives in Feilding, entered no pleas to three charges of dishonestly using a document.
In the Palmerston North District Court, she was bailed until next month and duty lawyer Mark Alderdice said he had filled out a legal aid application so Buddle can be assigned a government-funded lawyer.
Court documents, in which Buddle's occupation is listed as ''mother'', allege that while living in Paraparaumu, she dishonestly filled out Work and Income review forms on October 31, 2010 and November 29, 2011.
She is also accused of dishonesty when filling in a domestic purposes benefit form on January 6, 2011.
The former Kapiti mortgage broker is due to face trial in Wellington in May next year on 27 fraud-related charges.
She used to own Get Smart Mortgages and Insurance, operating under the Kiwi Mortgage Market umbrella, but closed her office in 2010.
Buddle is accused of persuading clients who had borrowed money to lend some to her, while others say loans were increased without their knowledge.
Outside court today she declined to comment, saying: ''I'm not talking to you.''
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