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Natalie Akoorie

Natalie Akoorie is a reporter at the NZ Herald based in Hamilton.

Personal banker jailed over $1.4m fraud

Photo / Ross Setford
Photo / Ross Setford

A former personal banker convicted of defrauding the Westpac Bank and several customers of $1.4 million, has been sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in jail.

Susan Bourton was sentenced today in the Hamilton District Court by Judge Philip Connell who said Bourton's offending was planned and premeditated to support a lavish lifestyle she otherwise could not afford.

Bourton earlier pleaded guilty to 25 of 81 charges, but following a drawn out trial was found guilty in April by Judge Connell of the remaining 56 charges.

The 36-year-old's offending, which the Crown said dates back 10 years, included several years when she was a manager at Westpac Bank in Hamilton and included defrauding one client of up to $750,000.

The man and his partner almost lost their home through the complex fraud.

- NZ Herald

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