10 months Home D for a $150,000 fraud sounds like a good deal

I bet this woman cried a river of tears to avoid jail:

A Nelson woman who racked up benefit fraud of almost $150,000 has been sentenced to 10 months home detention.

Reubena Nonu defrauded Work and Income of the amount over a decade, and has been sentenced in the Nelson District Court to 10 months home detention.

The Ministry of Social Development’s lawyer told the court she repeatedly claimed single parent and unemployment benefits she wasn’t entitled to, and the offending was “rare and significant”.

Nonu’s lawyer Wayne Jones told RNZ News only about 5 percent of all benefit fraud reached, or exceeded, this amount.  

He said sending her to prison would have been counter-productive, because she has five children to care for and she’s still able to work while on a home detention sentence.

Nonu was also ordered to pay $10,000 reparation.

Wow, home detention and reparations of $10,000…which we will never see.

So, the way to avoid prison is to have heaps of kids, sounds like another scam from the Queen of scams.

 

-RadioNZ


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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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