Charges laid over alleged false invoices to EQC

7:49 pm on 12 July 2011

Christchurch police have laid charges against a householder they say submitted false invoices to the Earthquake Commission.

In a second case, police say a contractor is being investigated over invoices that appear to contain exaggerated figures.

Detective Senior Sergeant John Rae says the cases arise from complaints by EQC.

Mr Rae says a woman has been charged with obtaining an advantage by false pretences which carries a maximum penalty of seven years' jail.

It is alleged the woman faked invoices, indicating that she had paid them before seeking reimbursement from EQC.

The second case involving a contractor is still being investigated.

Mr Rae says the cases are the first of their kind relating to the Canterbury earthquakes, but expects more will follow.