Benefit cheat sold P on home detention

BELINDA FEEK
Last updated 05:00 27/08/2014

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

In the Hamilton District Court last October, Raewyn Gail Dudeck, also known as Raewyn Cartwright, Fox and Gillies, was sentenced to 12 months' home detention for fraudulently claiming $194,106 from the Social Development Ministry over a 10-year period.

Just two months later, Dudeck, 47, became involved in the organising and selling P, between December 3 and 20.

She was busted after police - who were searching for another person - found texts messages revealing her involvement in the selling of methamphetamine.

Judge Glen Marshall said it appeared Dudeck became involved because of personal issues, mental health issues and her being "strongly influenced" by others.

He convicted Dudeck and remanded her on bail for sentencing in October.

Prepare for jail A judge has found a Hamilton woman guilty of defrauding the Social Development Ministry of more than $100,000.

In a reserved decision, Judge David Ruth found Natasha Maree Blackburn, 39, guilty of 26 benefit fraud charges after a four-day trial in the Hamilton District Court last month.

Blackburn claimed she wasn't in a "marriage-type" relationship with David Tuckbetween January 1, 2006 and May 5, 2013, and receiving a total of $108,000. Ruth told Blackburn to prepare for jail at her sentencing next month.

$12,000 cosmetics theft A Hamilton women has admitted her part in stealing make-up and cosmetics worth more than $12,000 from Waikato pharmacies and supermarkets.

Sharleen Barton, 27, admitted multiple charges after the shoplifting spree in June. However, her co-accused Hira Maria Hawea, 25, entered pleas of not guilty to all charges.

Hawea was granted electronic bail and remanded to reappear in October.

Barton and Hawea's largest alleged haul was from Unichem Pharmacy in Rototuna on June 29 in which $5243.52 of make-up and cosmetics were stolen.

Barton also admitted her part in offending on June 12 in which $5216.64 of products were stolen from Countdown Te Awamutu; $2586.24 worth of products from Countdown Te Rapa on July 18; and products valued at $91.90 from Countdown Nawton on June 24.

Barton also admitted three further charges of theft of property totalling $1688.79.

Hawea's charges include theft from the Baby Factory, two of burglary of Countdown Chartwell on June 24 and two of receiving stolen property - a tot seat and a blanket.

Judge Rosemary Riddell convicted Barton and remanded her in custody for sentencing on October 24.

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