A 30-year-old Otago woman today admitted forging signatures on a chequebook and draining a bank account.
The woman, who has interim name suppression, appeared before Judge Phil Moran in the Gore District Court this afternoon and admitted 47 charges of obtaining money, groceries and gardening supplies by deception and one of stealing $979.50.
All offending occurred between February 5 last year and March 31 this year.
She was remanded on bail to December 4 for sentence.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Rob Mills said the woman was the treasurer of a community organisation and her role was to pay the accounts using a cheque book.
Each cheque required two signatures from authorised people.
On March 6 last year the woman asked the president to countersign a cheque telling her it was for payment of an account, he said.
She then made the cheque of $484.29 out to herself and deposited it into her bank account, Mr Mills said.
Throughout the next year she wrote 25 cheques out for her own use and all but four of the cheques had the second signature forged by the woman, he said.
The offending continued until the bank account was drained, Mr Mills said.
The woman admitted the offending to police saying it had become uncontrollable and she could not stop. She also said she had practised the signature until it looked similar to the original, he said.
The cheques totalled $18,238.87 and she had since repaid about $8000, he said.
She was also secretary of another organisation and used one of its accounts to obtain grocery items for herself. On six occasions between February 5 and December 6 last year she purchased groceries totalling $278.34, Mr Mills said.
She also ran a fundraiser for the organisation and although she sold a large number of items she only deposited a small amount into the account, he said.
A reconciliation of the accounts showed a shortfall of $979.50, which she failed to account for.
In total she caused a loss of $4937.29 to the organisation, Mr Mills said.
When spoken to by police she admitted she had taken the money and used it for herself. She said she had initially intended to repay it but her offending was out of control and she could not afford it.
She had since repaid $2400.
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