A beneficiary who was overpaid nearly $50,000 has pleaded guilty to using forged documents.
Christine Wiki Victoria Thompson appeared in the Wellington District Court this morning where she admitted a charge of obtaining by deception, two counts of using forged documents, and two counts of using documents for pecuniary advantage.
The charges related to benefit fraud Thompson committed for about three years up to August 2017.
Over that time, she submitted documents to Work and Income New Zealand to say she was living at a specified address, despite the fact she was actually living somewhere else with her partner, who had a full-time job with the Army.
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She had been on a job seeker's benefit.
Thompson was overpaid $47,959.61, the court heard. No reparation is being sought, but she has made arrangements to pay it back in weekly instalments.
She has no previous convictions.
The judge remanded her to May 9 for sentence.