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The 45-year-old appeared in court after $1,242,750 was alleg- edly obtained by deception from her employer, the Hibernian Catholic Benefit Society. Five charges of fraud have been laid against Hagai. One relates to the Hibernians, the others allege $15,089 was obtained by deception from Hoff Holdings, a group of bars which Hagai worked for after leaving Hibernians. Hagai entered no plea last Wednesday and was remanded on bail until August 24. Hagai s arrest came after months of joint investigation by the Serious Fraud Office and Wellington police into alleged fraud commit- ted between 2001 and 2010. Hagai served as an office clerk for the Hibernians for about 17 years, society president Mike McBride says. She was made redundant in September 2010 after the society decided to save money by contracting account- ancy firm Munro Benge to deal with its administration, he says. The missing funds were dis- covered in May this year, when a Munro Benge employee began preparing the society s accounts for its upcoming audit. He said, Ooh, that doesn t appear right , Mr McBride says. Suspicions raised, Munro Benge checked further back into the society s accounts, and dis- covered a large amount of money was missing. The $1.2m went missing in equal quantities from the society and its credit union arm, the Hibernian Credit Union. While the society has assets of $9.6 million and is financially robust, the credit union has been crippled by having $600,000 taken from its coffers, Mr McBride says. The society has frozen the cre- dit union s funds in an attempt to stave off liquidation, and is attempting to preserve its remaining funds by transferring them to the society, to a closed fund where they will not be invested or drawn on. Any funds recovered would go to that fund and members would decide at a later date what they wish to do [with them]. A decision from the registrar of friendly societies and credit unions next week will decide its fate, Mr McBride says. If that doesn t get approved, the only option would be to liqui- date. Credit union members are devastated by the incident, not just because their investments might be lost but because the fraud is alleged to have been perpetrated by somebody they had many dealings with, Mr McBride says. The members are extremely sad, they re extremely disap- pointed. Credit union members are typically parents or grand- parents putting money away for their children s educations or for trips to visit family overseas, he says. The Hibernian Society is a friendly financial society with 2800 members across 21 branches nationwide. It offers its members insurance, mortgages and assistance with the cost of funerals, medicine and study. Credit unions are member- owned financial bodies which operate much like banks, provid- ing savings accounts and loans. Tawa students to appear in TV series TV teacher: Tawa School intermediate students Chloe Johnston, Hannah Warden and Anders Holm were filmed by the BBC last week for a programme about emigrating British teacher Rob Boraston -- the film crew are Jon Bowdon and Catherine Hoskin. By ANDREA O'NEIL Tawa schoolchildren got a taste of Britain in more ways than one last week -- they were given a lesson about Britain by a British teacher as part of a BBC documentary. Primary school teacher Rob Boras- ton, from Devon in England, was in New Zealand to film an episode of BBC series Wanted Down Under, which follows Britons considering emigrating to New Zealand and Australia. To experience teaching in Welling- ton, Mr Boraston took Tawa School s year 7 and 8 class for a lesson on the differences between New Zealand and Britain. Kate Middleton and the Queen were at the top of students minds, though 12-year-old Chloe Johnston, whose British mother teaches at Tawa, had a deeper knowledge. She knew people from Newcastle were called Geordies . Mr Boraston was a hit with the students, who said they wouldn t mind him being their regular teacher. It was really fun, Chloe said. The experience was more nerve- racking for Mr Boraston, who says being filmed is a scary experience -- he doesn t even like his photograph being taken. It s been really weird. However, having fallen in love with New Zealand during a family holiday three years ago, he decided to put himself forward for Wanted Down Under, a popular BBC One programme in its sixth season. I just thought I d send off an email and never thought I d hear anything back. I forgot about it and then months later got a phone call, he said. He chose Wellington as his ideal destination in New Zealand. Auckland s too big, the South Island s too quiet. I just thought Wel- lington s got a good vibe. Arriving jetlagged with just a day to recover, Mr Boraston and his part- ner, an adult special needs worker, were thrown into the Wellington experience, scoping out homes in Eastbourne and the Kapiti Coast, visiting Weta Workshop and Wairarapa vineyards, and getting a taste of working life in the capital. The trip has convinced Mr Boras- ton he wants to make the life- changing move to New Zealand as soon as possible. He will miss friends and family but is raring to throw himself into Wellington life. I like a bit of a challenge.
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