Abuse of trust leads to prison sentence
13 June 2014
Abuse of trust leads to
Michelle Roberta Innes (59) has been
sentenced today in the Auckland District Court to four years
and three months’ imprisonment.
Ms Innes faced 10 Crimes
Act charges laid by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) including
theft, theft by a person in a special relationship, and
theft by person required to account in relation to theft
from her sister. She was found guilty of all of those
charges in a trial in April this year.
investigation, which started in August 2011, found that
between 2001 and 2008 Ms Innes used over a million dollars
entrusted to her by her sister as well as using a Pauanui
property owned by her sister as security for mortgages for
her own benefit.
SFO Director, Julie Read said, “This
scenario is an unfortunate reminder of the risks involved
when financial decisions are based on trust alone. It is
always wise to obtain independent advice in relation to any
major decision which could affect your financial future.”
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