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Home detention for health carer fraud

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 29/07/2016

An Auckland man has been sentenced to home detention and ordered to pay reparations of $10,000 for falsely claiming money for caring for disabled people.

Robert Varnam was sentenced on 16 charges in Manukau District Court on Friday. The fraud amounted to more than $81,000 and involved making multiple fraudulent applications for health funding and carer support.

Judge Gus Andree-Wiltens imposed concurrent sentences of six months' home detention on each charge, coupled with six months of post detention conditions.

The fraud related to carer support, which allows unpaid full-time carers of a person with a disability to take a break.

Ministry of Health investigators said the sentence recognised the serious consequences of misusing a system designed to help vulnerable members of society.

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