A technician in the information technology industry who forged two documents for his defence at a benefit fraud trial has been sentenced to home detention for eight months.
The documents produced by Glen Joseph Richard Rozier, 52, brought an abrupt end to the trial while the police carried out analysis.
That established that the email and a “read” receipt weren’t genuine and Rozier has since admitted a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice with the false documents.
He also admitted benefit frauds totalling $25,000 relating to child care subsidy payments which he began collecting in 2005.
Defence counsel Geoff McCall told the Christchurch District Court sentencing that he accepted that Rozier had “upped the ante” in terms of his sentence with the false documents.
He said Rozier explained that he had done it because he believed the documentation existed but it could not be found because of the actions of the prosecuting authority.
Judge Stephen O’Driscoll said the court must send a clear message denouncing Rozier’s conduct because it struck at the heart of the justice system.
He imposed the home detention sentence, with six months of special release conditions to follow the term, but noted that community work was not recommended because of a spinal compression injury Rozier had received in an accident.
The Ministry of Social Development did not seek reparations because it is recovering the overpayment itself.