Mother found guilty of $11,404 fraud

06:57, Feb 26 2013

A Waimate mother has been found guilty of defrauding the Ministry of Social Development of $11,404.

Hannah Rose Everett, 40, pleaded guilty in the Timaru District Court yesterday to two charges of misuse of a document and two charges of obtaining by deception.

Everett moved to Waimate from Christchurch in February 2011, after the earthquakes.

She signed a form stating it was just her and her four children living there and on a form applying for the domestic purposes benefit reiterated she had no partner.

The ministry said Everett was in a de facto relationship between February 2011 until April 2012, apart from separating for one month. She was overpaid $11,404.

he ministry did not seek reparation but instead it will use its own recovery powers under the Social Security Act.


Judge Joanna Maze convicted and remanded Everett to March 17 for sentencing.


~ Levi Shane Wilson, 21, farmworker of Waimate; possession of an offensive weapon - 40 hours' community work.

~ Damien Douglas Kavanaugh, 23, labourer of Timaru; breach of supervision, breach of community detention (two charges) - convicted and remanded on bail to March 12 for sentencing.

~ Terrance Tamatea Koro Timu, 23, unemployed of Timaru; breach of community work - convicted and remanded at large, to March 17 for sentencing.

~ Codie James Benjamin McNoe, of Timaru; breach of community work - convicted and remanded at large to March 17 for sentencing.

~ Riki Ormsby, 40, beneficiary of Timaru; wilful omission of employment - 40 hours' community work.

The Timaru Herald