Orari woman left trail of fraud

Last updated 08:05 18/06/2014

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An Orari woman fraudulently racked up $1000 in hotel bills and acquired hair extensions worth $600, the Timaru District Court has heard.

Dairy farmer Kelly Ann Simpson, 35, admitted three charges of obtaining by deception yesterday. She has been remanded to August 21 for sentencing.

Police said that on December 16 Simpson went to a Dunedin hotel, claiming she was double-booked at another hotel, then pretended to call her employer to organise payment. She stayed for four days and left owing $746.

On January 14, she went to a Christchurch hotel and used a false name. She said her boss would be flying down the next day with the company credit card. She stayed two nights, at a cost of $300, before leaving without paying.

On January 31 she went to a Dunedin hairdresser and had extensions, using a false name. She said she had lost her credit card and would return to pay. The hairdresser became suspicious, so for identification Simpson left a prescription under a false name. She left owing $600.

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- The Timaru Herald

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