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A Christchurch couple who defrauded a government-funded disability trust of nearly $500,000 have been sentenced.
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The SFO alleges that Christopher George Wright filed tax returns on behalf of his clients and misappropriated refunds of about $1.01 million.
The SFO alleges Donna Grant fraudulently obtained funding from a tertiary education provider and the Tertiary Education Commission.
Tapualii Uitime and Betty Sio have been charged with defrauding a taxpayer-funded charity.
Stephen Henare has pleaded not guilty to defrauding Parengarenga 3G Trust of about $1.1 million.
Two former employees of a charity that offered domestic violence prevention services for Pacific Islanders have been charged.
An investigation relating to Thompson and Clark Investigations Ltd is ongoing.