A West Coast woman was granted final name suppression after she was convicted yesterday on two counts of forging a document for financial gain, defrauding others of $30,000.

Judge David Saunders made the order in the Greymouth District Court, saying there were good reasons for suppressing her name, including the circumstances at the time when the woman had been in hospital care, which was when she disclosed her fraudulent applications to two finance companies for $30,000 in total, using the names of a family member and her own partner.

"The people who need to know already know about the matter," Judge Saunders said.

The woman was sentenced to nine months' supervision for both charges, with special conditions, including counselling and a course for gambling addiction and other programmes as directed by Community Corrections.


She was also sentenced to 150 hours of community work and ordered to pay reparation to the finance companies involved at a rate to be determined by the court upon confirmation of employment.

Judge Saunders gave the woman leave to convert some of her community work sentence hours to training.

- Greymouth Star