A Dunedin sickness beneficiary stripped $30,000 from his
88-year-old mother's bank account to ''fund a relationship''
with a woman, the Dunedin District Court heard yesterday.
Russell James Connor (64) made about 30 unauthorised
withdrawals from his mother's bank account between January 8
last year and January 4 this year, prosecutor Sergeant Chris
George said. Connor yesterday admitted one charge of using
his mother's bank card for financial gain without her
He was convicted and remanded on bail by Judge Kevin Phillips
for sentence on March 7. The defendant moved to Dunedin to
live with his mother after the break-up of his marriage in
Because he was authorised by his mother to routinely withdraw
a small amount of cash from her bank account on her behalf
each month, Connor had access to her bank card and her PIN,
Sgt George told the court.
From January 8, 2013, the defendant began withdrawing
increasingly larger amounts with greater frequency without
his mother's knowledge.
During the following 12 months, he made about 30 unauthorised
withdrawals from the account, removing a total of $30,000
without any authority from his mother.
When police spoke to him, Connor admitted what he had done
and told police he had used the money to fund a relationship
with a woman.