Face of the Day

Some people are beneath contempt:

A Nelson woman has been jailed for two years and three months for fleecing a vulnerable woman with Alzheimer’s of $28,452.

Brenda Schwass-Arnold was yesterday sentenced in the Nelson District Court after pleading guilty to 203 charges of using the woman’s bank card to clean out her accounts.

The woman Joyce Cherry, had Alzheimer’s, was unable to communicate and had impaired comprehension when Schwass-Arnold, who was in a relationship with her son Neill Cherry, took the money. Police withdrew a further 100 charges last year after Schwass-Arnold entered guilty pleas last year.

Schwass-Arnold started looking after Mrs Cherry and became familiar with her bank account details and passwords. In July 2010 she started taking money out of the savings account she initially withdrew money at ATMs in Motueka, but also in Havelock, Picton, Blenheim, Nelson, Richmond and Stoke.

Schwass-Arnold has a history of defrauding vulnerable people.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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