Woman defrauds Northland Māori immersion school of $250,000

Manukau District Court.
Manukau District Court. Photo credit: File

An Auckland woman has pleaded guilty to defrauding a Māori immersion school to the tune of $250,000.

Kim Symes was charged by the Serious Fraud Office with one count of obtaining by deception, one count of using forged documents and four counts of dishonestly using a document. 

The 51-year-old worked for the Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o te Tonga o Hokianga school between April 2006 and July 2017. 

She was responsible for the school's core financial duties, with responsibilities including preparing monthly financial reports, preparing financial information for audit and managing staff payroll and salary issues.

She was released on bail and will be sentenced in Manukau District Court in November.



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