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Posted 03 June 2016 - 05:04 PM

Ex-MP's daughter jailed for tax fraud

By Staff Reporter
8:21 AM Tuesday May 24, 2016 3 comments


The daughter of former Whanganui politician Rana Waitai has been jailed for fraud.

Rayna Nicola Huatahi Waitai was so ensconced in her gambling addiction that she faked paternity documents to get Working For Families benefits.

However, the Whanganui woman's fraud did not last long as the victim started to notice "liable parent contributions" coming out of his pay packet.

It was just one of the many ways Waitai, 41, tried to get extra cash to fund her gambling habit which, she told Hamilton District Court last week, she was still struggling to keep under control.

During a period of nearly three years, she managed to steal about $41,000 from both the Inland Revenue Department and Ministry for Social Development.

Waitai filed for a number of benefits she wasn't entitled to while on the Domestic Purposes Benefit, including claiming that she had care of two of her children when they were living in Australia.
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She received $28,085.35 from the Ministry for Social Development until she was finally busted in December 2014.

With her Inland Revenue offending, Waitai used other people's names to claim income tax refunds.

But it was the paternity fraud that most disturbed Judge Robert Spear.

"His signature had the appearance of being witnessed by [his] mother," the judge said. "This man suddenly found that his wages were to be deducted with a liable parent contribution and he then had to go through the process of convincing the IRD that this was not correct.

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