Woman 'stole from everyone'

17:00, Aug 18 2014

A Taranaki woman stole from everyone in the community when she illegally collected more than $40,000 in benefits over a 4 year period, a judge says.

Anita Marie Ross admitted 11 charges of benefit fraud totalling $40,361.82, the New Plymouth District Court heard last week.

Ross was on a sickness benefit and then got a job, failing to notify the Department of Social Development.

From a start point of 14 months' jail, Judge Tony Couch reduced it to acknowledge both the guilty plea to four months and 14 days' home detention. Reparation repayments were ordered.


Taranaki Daily News