5 Jul 2016

Woman jailed for fleecing $481,000 from Vic Uni

10:11 pm on 5 July 2016

A Victoria University accounts manager has been sentenced to two years and five months imprisonment after being convicted of fraud.

Rebekah Procter had earlier pleaded guilty to defrauding the institution of $481,000.

At her sentencing at Wellington District Court today, Judge Ian Mills said Proctor created a false company and awarded it contracts for things like lift maintenance, cleaning and care of the university grounds.

Judge Mills also lifted her name suppression.

It emerged during the hearing that the university had been refunded for its loss by its insurers. The insurers, in turn, were seeking to recover $230,000 from Procter from the sale of her home in Aotea, Porirua.

Judge Mills said the offence involved a significant sum of money, went on for a long period of time and involved a serious breach of trust.

Procter was lead from the courtroom in tears following the sentence.