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Wheelchair-bound Father Jailed For 6 Months For Fraud

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Wellington, Dec 11 NZPA - A wheelchair-bound Taranaki man was sentenced to six months jail today after admitting defrauding the Ministry of Health's home care scheme of nearly $60,000.

Graeme Henry Farquhar, 66, retired, appeared in Hawera District Court today, where he was also ordered to pay reparation of $57,404 for the offending which lasted more than 14 years.

His 32-year-old daughter Anne-Marie Farquhar was yesterday sentenced to six months' jail for her part in the offending.

A third person, family friend Anthony Hoskin was fined for a lesser role in the offending.

The scam involved claiming money for home help that was never provided.

Farquhar claimed just over $25,000 he wasn't entitled to since 1995 and pleaded guilty to 32 charges of fraudulently using a document.

His daughter, unemployed, admitted 10 charges. She became involved in 1998 and had signed a number of claim forms since then for $15,593.90 from the ministry.

Hoskin, a 37-year-old Waitara carer, was fined $300 plus court costs on each of the six charges he had admitted.

The Farquhars had asked him to sign forms for claims worth $16,206.60.

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