Fraudster sells P while serving sentence

Fraudster abuses get-out-of-jail-free card

BELINDA FEEK
Last updated 15:00 25/08/2014

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A Cambridge woman previously dubbed Waikato's worst benefit fraudster went on to sell methamphetamine while serving her home-detention sentence.

Raewyn Gail Dudeck, also known as Raewyn Cartwright, Fox and Gillies,  in the Hamilton District Court in October last year narrowly avoided being sentenced to jail.

Instead, she was sentenced to the maximum of 12 months' home detention for fraudulently claiming a total of $194,106 from the Ministry of Social Development after claiming multiple benefits over 10 years.

Dudeck was given a get-out-of-jail-free card after Judge Peter Spiller asked her to write him a letter of remorse as he was about to sentence her.

Dudeck, 47, went on to get involved in the organisation and selling of P between December 3 and 20.

The court heard recently that she was busted only after police - who were searching for someone else - found texts messages revealing her involvement in the low-scale selling of methamphetamine.

Dudeck acted as a middle person for a short time, the court heard.

Judge Glen Marshall said it appeared that Dudeck got involved due to her own personal issues, mental health issues and her being "strongly influenced" by other people.

Judge Marshall convicted Dudeck - who still has just under two months to serve of her home-detention sentence - and remanded her on bail for sentencing in October. 

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