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A Christchurch couple defrauded a government-funded disability trust of nearly $500,000.
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Stephen Henare has pleaded not guilty to defrauding Parengarenga 3G Trust of about $1.1 million.
The former financial manager has been jailed for defrauding a Hamilton-based social services provider of about $175,000.