3 Aug 2011

Woman appears in court over Catholic society fraud

6:06 pm on 3 August 2011

A woman accused of defrauding a Catholic charitable organisation of more than $1 million has appeared in the Wellington District Court.

Susan Hagai, 44, is charged with obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception.

The alleged fraud totalling $1,242,750 is said to have occurred between January 2001 and December 2010 when Ms Hagai was employed by the Hibernian Catholic Benefit Society.

The organisation offers a range of financial services to its members, including loans, life assurance and household insurance.

Ms Hagai is also facing several other charges relating to separate incidents.

She was remanded on bail on Wednesday to reappear before a Registrar on 24 August.