A man who used 123 fake identities to fleece $3.4 million
from Work and Income has been denied parole.
Former electrician Wayne Patterson, who was handed an
eight-year prison sentence in 2006 for his offending,
appeared before the Parole Board today.
Patterson was sent to jail after authorities discovered he
had been illegally receiving $54,000 a fortnight in benefits
over a two-year period from the Social Development Ministry.
To obtain the benefits, many of which were pensions,
Patterson disguised himself as an elderly man and lied to
His actions were exposed after a KiwiBank staff member
noticed a number of accounts held by pensioners were being
accessed by the same internet connection.
It also emerged that even after he had been jailed in 2006,
Patterson continued to set up bank accounts and rearrange
companies which he could hide his money in.
The former West Auckland resident has also been convicted of
large benefit frauds in Australia and the US.
The Parole Board today said Patterson still posed a risk to
The likelihood of him reoffending was not yet known, and a
police investigation into his actions was still ongoing, the
Patterson's next parole hearing has been scheduled for six