Yet another teacher, presumably registered because that will protect the children, is before the courts.
A primary teacher will have to sell her family home to repay the nephew she cheated out of a $400,000 inheritance.
Ena Croft, 48, was today sentenced to 12 months supervision and ordered to repay reparations of $120,000 that she spent on herself. She had earlier pleaded guilty to charges relating to forging a will.
Her brother – Jim Croft – drowned in 2008 and left more than $426,000 in life insurance to his son Chanse Tautari.
But instead of the money going to Mr Tautari, Croft faked a will and, along with affadavits, filed them with the High Court at Whangarei.
The documents resulted in her being appointed as executor of her brother’s estate.
Croft’s mother – 72-year-old Ina Croft – was sentenced to six months’ home detention and 400 hours’ community work last December for her part in the crime. It was revealed at her sentencing that she spent the money on holidays and home renovations.
Ena Croft gave $40,000 to each of her three sisters. She also paid off credit cards, her mother’s mortgage and bought her a new lounge suite.
It is a long and sorry string of teachers before the courts and makes lie of the insistance of Labour and the teacher unions that registration of teachers is somehow a test of character that will protect children, and why charter schools must be opposed at every turn.