Woman convicted of defrauding Māori school of $250,000

 Manukau District Court.
She was convicted at the Manukau District Court. Photo credit: Newshub.

A woman has pleaded guilty to defrauding a Māori immersion school.

Kim Symes, 51, was convicted of obtaining by deception, using forged documents and four counts of dishonestly using a document on Friday after defrauding Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o te Tonga o Hokianga of $250,000.

The Northland school employed Symes for 11 years, from 2006 to 2017. She was responsible for its core finances.

She was remanded on bail, and will be sentenced in November.



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