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Clerk admits to $1.8m airport fraud

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 26/07/2016

An Auckland airport clerk has admitted to defrauding the aviation business out of nearly $2 million.

Teremoana Kimiangatau, who worked as an accounts clerk at Auckland International Airport for 18 years, appeared in Auckland District Court on Tuesday, and pleaded guilty to three charges of obtaining by deception.

The Serious Fraud Office said the 53-year-old siphoned $1.8 million out of the airport's accounts by replacing client account numbers with her own in the company's accounting system.

SFO director Julie Read says a lack of checks and balances allowed Kimiangatau to pass invoices through for authorisation multiple times and let her make changes to client data without being questioned.

Kimiangatau was fired from her role in February and reported to the SFO by the airport.

She will appear again in court in November.

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