12 Apr 2013

Pair charged over dental fraud

6:13 pm on 12 April 2013

Two people accused of operating a bogus dental practice have been told to surrender their right to leave the country.

A 48-year old man and a woman, aged 51, are accused of fraudulently obtaining $375,000 in welfare payments.

In the Manukau District Court on Friday, Judge David Ruth told the woman to give her up her passport and the man, who does not have one, not to apply for travel documents.

He granted them interim name suppression so they could tell their family about the charges.

The pair were arrested on Thursday following a joint investigation by police and the Ministry of Social Development.

They have been remanded on bail to reappear on 8 May.