November 27, 2019
Home detention for kura plunder
A former school administrator who stole a quarter of a million dollars from a Hokianga Māori immersion school has been sentenced to 10 months of home detention and 150 hours of community work.
51-year-old Kim Symes of Auckland was also ordered to pay $5000 in reparation when she was sentenced yesterday in the Manukau District Court.
Symes, who had a gambling habit worked at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o te Tonga o Hokianga for 11 years until 2017, pleaded guilty in September to six fraud charges brought by the Serious Fraud Office relating to 293 individual transactions and 27 forged documents.
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