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  •   Home > News > Law and Order

    Jail for grandma for $250,000 fraud

    A grandmother has been sent to prison for more than two years after lying to claim about $250,000 in benefits.

    A grandmother who lied to get about $250,000 in benefit payments has been sentenced to two years and seven months in prison.

    Jasmine Kasiana Teowai Hudson, 62, neglected to change her relationship status to single, and kept receiving benefits, despite no longer being in a relationship.

    Hudson received $246, 871 between August 2000 and November 2015.

    She faced sentencing on 19 charges of dishonest behaviour in relation to social welfare entitlements in the Christchurch District Court on Tuesday.

    Defence lawyer Elizabeth Bulger said the fraud came about while Hudson was in an on-off relationship and when her situation changed it was "easier" to stay on the benefit.

    "This is not a situation where a house has been furnished or overseas trips made, the funds have gone into running a household, raising children and meeting day-to-day needs," she said.

    The court heard Hudson had been caring for her seven-year-old grandson.

    Judge Tony Couch told Hudson benefit fraud needed to be seen as theft from the community as a whole.

    "Those in society who need help are trusted to make honest applications ... failing to tell the ministry the truth, you have breached that trust," he said.

    But the judge accepted the grandmother was "genuinely remorseful".


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