Officer's wife faces theft counts

BELINDA FEEK
Last updated 05:00 29/11/2013

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The wife of a Waikato policeman is facing charges for stealing more than $25,000 from her employer.

The woman, who was granted interim name suppression due to being admitted into detox, also faces charges of stealing prescription medication from an elderly woman.

The woman faces three charges; false accounting, theft and theft by person in special relationship spanning a two-year period.

The first set of offending is alleged to have occurred as the woman worked for a Waikato business and had control of accounts and banking.

An 11-month investigation uncovered numerous transactions where the woman allegedly stole cash amounts up to $1000.

She allegedly stole $25,222.50 in total.

The second set of alleged offending related to her involvement as a carer for an elderly woman.

The elderly woman's family allegedly began to notice that her medication - lorazepam and triazolam - was running out before the woman's next prescription was due.

Judge Rosemary Riddell continued the woman's suppression and remanded her without plea to reappear in January after appearing in the Hamilton District Court last week.

The woman's name suppression bid will also be readdressed at that time.

The woman was excused to appear in person for the January appearance as she was to enter an 18-week detox course.

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