Former Kohanga Reo National Trust employee pleads guilty to fraud

Kohanga Reo worker defrauds it of over $100,000.

Kohanga Reo worker defrauds it of over $100,000.

A set of fake dentist bills were used by a former employee to defraud the Te Kohanga Reo National Trust  of over $100,000 meant for children.

Frances Katrina Edmonds, pleaded guilty to 17 charges of using forged documents.

Te Kohanga Reo National Trust is the umbrella organisation of Kohanga Reo.

As part of the trust, they run a medical scheme that allows parents to apply for funds if their children needed medical attention like surgery.

* Kohanga Reo referred to Serious Fraud Office
* SFO finds no fraud at Kohanga Reo

Edmonds was employed between 2007 and 2016 and oversaw part of the medical scheme.

She created a fake company, J R Chartwell, supposed to be a dentist.

She filed invoices which were paid by the trust into her bank account. She received $102,494.

After she was made redundant, a search found the company did not exist and that the bank account listed was hers.

Wellington District Court judge Ian Mill remanded her on bail until October for sentencing.

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