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.




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  • Bob Dazzler

    Time for the birch?

  • shykiwibloke

    Who said crime doesn’t pay? Even get to put ‘stay at home mum’ on the cv!

  • Aucky

    Can someone update me please? Red Radio interviewed this woman’s lawyer this morning. He had to be getting legal aid dosh just to rub salt into the wound. Two or three times he referred to the Citizen Judge who sat on this case. What is a Citizen Judge? Do I assume that it is a further dumbing down of our ‘justice’ system?

    • Did he have a Canadian accent by any chance? I suspect he meant a Justice of the Peace.

      • Aucky

        No he was a Kiwi, however, I have checked the judge out and he appears to be a regular District Court Judge.

  • Karl

    I wonder if she gets another benefit while she is on Home D?

  • Rightsideofthebed

    What really concerns me is the 5% number. Are they really saying that 1 in 20 of people who defraud MSD do so to the tune of in excess of 150K????

    If so then WINZ needs to put a lot more effort into identifying these people to save the taxpayer a few million.