BOP woman admits million dollar fraud
A prominent Māori performing arts educator, Donna Mariana Grant, has pleaded guilty to defrauding a whare wānanga and the Tertiary Education Commission out of $1.25 million.
The 61-year-old, who is the daughter of the late Sir Howard Morrison - pleaded guilty to three charges of dishonesty using documents and a single charge of obtaining by deception at the High Court in Rotorua on Monday.
According to court documents, she fraudulently obtained about $1.25m from Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi and the Tertiary Education Commission.
Grant has been remanded on bail, and will reappear for sentencing on February 7.