Sex shop manager in court
A Hamilton sex shop manager received more than $25,000 in Winz benefits.
Waimarama Heke-I-Te Rangi Puke's, 27, seven year deceit was picked up by Ministry of Social Welfare investigators by ''information matching'' in February 2011.
Puke, who is store manager at Peaches N Creme, was today convicted on four charges of wilful omission and 11 of using a document to obtain a pecuniary advantage between 2004 and 2011.
Puke's total fraud equated to $27, 569.58.
Judge Ruth said Puke had plenty of chances to declare whether she had a job to Winz but didn't.
Puke's employer was aware of the charges but had agreed to keep her part-time position open despite the conviction.
Puke was convicted on all charges and sentenced to four months' community detention and 200 hours' community work.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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