Heather Nancy Burton of Mount Maunganui, who faced charges on 58 counts of fraud and forgery relating to prescription items has been found guilty. The Ministry of Health conducted a two-year investigation of the case. It was tried in the Tauranga District Court and the trial lasted three weeks.
According to reports, the prescription items were paid on behalf of the Bay of Plenty District Health Board.
Quentin Wilson from the Ministry department said, the verdict sends across a clear signal to all health providers who claim for subsidies from government, that fraud shall not be tolerated or excused.
Burton will be sentenced on February 9.