14 Jun 2016

School admin officer pleads guilty to fraud

3:16 pm on 14 June 2016

A retired school administrator has pleaded guilty to 10 charges of defrauding Upper Hutt College.

Donald John Hancox, 68, who was the executive officer at the school, was charged under the Crimes Act with "obtaining by deception".

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) said, between 2007 and 2014, during years of school building work, Mr Hancox created and submitted false invoices for goods and services and then directed payments to accounts controlled by him.

The offending involved 77 invoices totalling about $375,000.

SFO director Julie Read said it was not until a contractor voiced concerns about an unpaid invoice that the matter came to the school's attention.

Mr Hancox, who had earlier had name suppression, today pleaded guilty to all 10 charges.

He will be sentenced in the Hutt Valley District Court next month.