Hamilton woman admits $38k iPhone fraud

BELINDA FEEK
Last updated 05:00 30/01/2014

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A Hamilton woman who made a bogus sale of 38 iPhone 5s valued at $30,800 on Trade Me has admitted defrauding the would-be buyer.

Megan Anne Kelly, 37, pleaded guilty in the Hamilton District Court yesterday to one charge of causing a loss of $30,800 by deception after a bogus Trade Me sale between December 12, 2012, and March 13, 2013.

After a Trade Me purchase between Kelly and the victim, another sale was made for the phones.

The victim put the cash in Kelly's account, but the phones never arrived.

The victim asked for the money back, so Kelly sent a cheque, but it was dishonoured by her bank because of a lack of funds.

Kelly was remanded for sentencing until April.

Kelly is a former Waikato premier and Waikato under-19 netball coach who was convicted of two charges of forging a document and two of using a document for pecuniary advantage in 2010 after she had faked having cancer.

She falsely claimed $1779 of extra paid annual and sick leave from her employers in 2006 and 2009.

In 2010, Kelly was sentenced to 250 hours' community work and ordered to pay the money back.

She forged letters claiming she had cancer on two occasions.

On Friday, Hamilton woman Caroline Watene was also sentenced for defrauding her employer, Te Wananga O Aotearoa, of just over $30,000 after faking she had cancer and going on compassionate leave.

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