No jail for $70k benefit fraud

A Hamilton housewife has avoided jail after defrauding the Ministry of Social Development of nearly $70,000.

Katarina Eileen Davey, 38, was today sentenced to 10 months' home detention after being sentenced on 11 charges of using a document and one of obtaining by deception.

Davey was granted the DPB and an accommodation supplement on January 15, 2009.

However, just four days later Davey moved in with her partner.

Over the next three years, until April 20 this year, Davey said she was single and claimed a total $68,745.27.

That included more than $45,000 in DPB overpayments, along with accommodation supplement of $20,380.71 and other grants and allowances including $100 for food and $695 for car repairs.

The Department has arranged its own repayment from Davey.

Waikato Times