A caregiver who defrauded the benefit system of more than
$274,000 over a 14-year period pleaded guilty today.
When investigators finally caught up with Beverley Anne
Malzard, 54, she admitted failing to declare her employment.
But she offered up a bizarre explanation, saying she
"believed that she was two separate people".
Christchurch District Court today heard Malzard was granted a
Domestic Purposes Benefit in 1990.
She was later in receipt of a Community Wage Job Seeker
Benefit, Sickness Benefit, and Unemployment Benefit.
When she got a job with NZ Care in 1997, she failed to tell
the Department of Social Welfare and continued to receive the
From 1998 to 2011, Malzard was paid $151,000 that she wasn't
entitled to, from Social Welfare and ACC.
From 2000 to August 2011, she received $123,500 assistance in
paying rent for her Housing New Zealand Corporation house in
She pleaded guilty in court today to 10 charges, including
obtain by deception, fraudulently using a document, and
misleading social welfare officers.
Housing New Zealand and the Ministry of Social Development
are seeking reparation.
Judge David Holderness remanded Malzard on bail to a Kaiapoi
address until she is sentenced on October 30.