Accountant accused of stealing son's trust account money

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A Tauranga accountant accused of siphoning $112,125 from her adult son's trust account has won an interim bid to keep her identity secret.

The woman, who faced one representative charge of theft when she appeared in Tauranga Community Magistrate's Court yesterday, has been granted interim name suppression.

Court documents reveal police allege the defendant stole the funds between October 1, 2003 and February 2, 2012.

Police opposed name suppression on two grounds, particularly the risk that others working in the same occupation may come under suspicion.

But the woman's lawyer successfully argued that name suppression should be allowed until at least further disclosure was obtained from police.

Community Magistrate Jack Best granted interim name suppression, and remanded the defendant on bail without plea.

The issue of name suppression will be revisited when the matter is next called in the Tauranga Registrar's Court next month.

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