22 Oct 2009

Former principal jailed for defrauding school

7:29 pm on 22 October 2009

A former principal who collected thousands of dollars for a relief teacher who never taught at the Waikato primary school has been jailed for 12 months.

Barry Bloomfield, 56, a former principal at Huntly West School pleaded guilty to four charges of fraud and dishonesty in Hamilton District Court.

The charges relate to the sale of the school's old pool fence that Bloomfield sold to his daughter-in-law for $80 and then resold on Trade Me for $4600.

The court heard Bloomfield set up employment documents for a relief teacher who was actually living in Hong Kong and never provided any services to the school.

Judge Robert Spear on Thursday described Bloomfield as arrogant, selfish and greedy. He was granted leave to apply for home detention.

The Crown described the offending as calculating and deliberate.

The defence said Bloomfield was under extreme stress and this lowered the moral code he operated on.