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University fraudster has sentence reduced

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 7/11/2016 Sean Martin

The former staff member who ripped off Wellington's Victoria University of nearly half a million dollars has successfully appealed a jail term and will serve home detention instead.

Rebekah Proctor defrauded the university of $481,000 over three years using 106 fictitious invoices and was earlier this year jailed for two years and five months.

However, she appealed, arguing the sentencing judge didn't have a psychiatric report which said she suffered from depression and didn't take into account the impact on her two young children.

Despite the Crown arguing a jail term was appropriate, High Court Justice Helen Cull says Proctor deserves more sentence discounts for her good character, depression and $250,000 reparation she made from selling her house.

Along with her guilty plea, remorse, restorative justice meetings and the impact on her children, Justice Cull calculated the final sentence should have been just under two years' jail - which meant Proctor was eligible for home detention.

Proctor has already spent four months in jail.

Justice Cull quashed the prison sentence and replaced it with 12 month's home detention and ordered her to do 100 hours' community work.

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