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Principal pleads guilty to fraud

BELINDA FEEK
Last updated 12:57 31/01/2012
Former Fraser High School principal Martin Elliott appeared at Hamilton District Court this morning.
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Former Fraser High School principal Martin Elliott appeared in Hamilton District Court this morning.

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Former Fraser High School principal Martin Elliott has pleaded guilty to two charges of using a document for pecuniary advantage after appearing in Hamilton district court this morning.

He will be sentenced on February 9. 

The remaining charges will be dealt with on that date.

Elliott had faced 61 charges of using or obtaining a document for pecuniary advantage, three of false accounting and one of money laundering between May 2004  and June 2009.

An outspoken principal, and one-time Hamilton mayoral candidate, Elliott resigned from Fraser High School - one of the country's largest - in early November 2009 after more than 10 years in charge.

A personal grievance case taken by Elliott against the school for constructive dismissal was resolved through mediation.

In 2010 Elliott sent a letter to the Waikato's principals, writing: "When the true story unfolds I am sure you will be horrified at the sordid process that I have been confronted by."

He had strenuously denied any allegations of wrongdoing, insisting he is "not the villain" portrayed in the media.

Sir Wira Gardiner stepped in as commissioner following Elliott's departure before Virginia Crawford took over as principal.

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- Waikato Times

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