IRD worker faces 163 fraud-related charges

BELINDA FEEK
Last updated 05:00 27/07/2012

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An IRD employee allegedly created fake passports, birth certificates, IRD numbers and application forms for her own monetary gain.

Anita Gail O'Connor, 59, of Ngaruawahia, faces 163 fraud-related charges that span a five-year period.

The IRD yesterday declined to comment on O'Connor's case as it was now before the courts.

O'Connor, who was quietly spoken, made a brief appearance yesterday. She was remanded on bail - to her home - without plea to make a legal aid application.

Court documents show her alleged forgery began in January 2005 and continued until August 2009.

Her charges include corruptly using information obtained by her in her official capacity, in the names of various people, to obtain a child support refund and working for families tax credits and making false documents to obtain child support refunds.

She is also charged with obtaining information on members of the public to obtain working for families tax credits, creating fake IRD number applications with intention to use them to obtain pecuniary advantage; using the IRD's computer system to get information to get child support refunds and working for families tax credits.

She is also charged with taking passports from Victoria, New Zealand and Western Australia for pecuniary advantage; making false requests for clients to obtain child support refunds; making false child support refund requests to obtain pecuniary advantage and making false birth certificates to obtain working for families tax credits.

The IRD declined to comment on how long she had been working at the organisation and whether anybody's privacy had been breached during her alleged criminal activity.

She is due to reappear in court next month.

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- Waikato Times

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