Sentencing due for school fraudster

  • 13/07/2016
Sentencing due for school fraudster

A former Upper Hutt College executive officer who defrauded his own school of $375,000 with fake invoices is expected to be sentenced.

Donald John Hancox pleaded guilty to 10 charges for submitting 77 false invoices to the school for goods and services and directing $375,000 in payments to his own bank account.

It wasn't until an unpaid contractor raised concerns that the school became aware something was wrong.

SFO director Julie Read said in June it is common when fraudsters have control over the approval and payment of invoices that the discrepancies appear when they're not around.

"In this case, Mr Hancox was away when the concerns were raised and anomalies were uncovered so a specialist financial advisor was called in to work through the school's financial position. This demonstrates the importance of a segregation of duties in this area," she said.

The now retired 68-year-old will return before Hutt Valley District Court on Wednesday for sentencing.

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