Metiria Turei admitted she didn’t admit to having flatmates in order to collect a bigger benefit payment.
Rodney Hide at the NBR and Whaleoil have past quotes which show she didn’t name the baby’s father when she not only knew who he was but ensured he maintained a relationship with his daughter and took money from him and his family.
Is that fraud too?
After earlier saying she’d pay back the money if WINZ asked her to, she’s now decided she’ll pay it back anyway.
Will it be just the extra accommodation payment she got or should she, or the child’s father, also be paying what he would have been liable for had she named him and will anyone be looking into whether the help she got from him, his family and her own should have been declared too?
Life on a benefit wasn’t easy back then and isn’t now.
But a lot of people managed then and manage now without committing fraud.
A lot more people work hard to pay taxes.
Most accept the necessity of doing so to help people in genuine need, a lot fewer are happy to support someone who’s getting more than they’re entitled to through fraud.