A former births, deaths and marriages registration officer has appeared in court accused of corruptly using computer logins and passwords to obtain a personal advantage.
Toni Lorraine Bates, 40, of Porirua, entered no plea at the Wellington District Court to 10 charges, and was remanded on bail to be back at court later this month. She also faced three charges of fraudulently making or using Internal Affairs social club cheques.
Internal Affairs spokesman Tony Wallace told The Dominion Post later that it was not alleged that false passports were obtained or identity theft attempted. The charges related to accessing information in an unauthorised way for her own benefit while she was an employee. The allegations were the result of an internal checking process.
The department trusted staff handling personal information, Mr Wallace said. It had to balance the need for security with the ability to provide information.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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