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Former Pacific Island Safety and Prevention project head Betty Sio fined for stealing from charity

By Raphael Franks

Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand awarded Betty Sio of Auckland the Queen's Service Order for services to the Pacific Community at Government House in April 2011. Photo / Supplied

Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand awarded Betty Sio of Auckland the Queen’s Service Order for services to the Pacific Community at Government House in April 2011. Photo / Supplied

A woman has been fined $3,000 for faking invoices and stealing about $44,000 from a family violence prevention charity she founded and once headed.

Betty Sio was found guilty on two charges of dishonestly using a document to steal from her Pacific Island Safety and Prevention Project in March.

Sio was chief executive of the charity, which got $2.5 million yearly funding from mostly the Ministry of Social Development, the Ministry of Justice and the Department of Corrections.

She helped start the charity and was chief executive from 2009 until 2015.

She was fined $3000 for her part in siphoning about $260,000 from the charity in total when she appeared in the Manukau District Court for sentencing

Sio and former operations manager Tapualii Raewyn Uitime were largely responsible for managing funds, the SFO said.

The pair stole about $260,000 with fake invoices from suppliers and authorising cash cheques to pay them. Sio and Uitime cashed most of these cheques for themselves.

“Instead of using the funding given to the charity to make a difference to the lives of her community, Ms Sio abused her position of trust and responsibility to steal $44,000,” SFO director Karen Chang said.

“She also turned a blind eye to Ms Uitime, who stole around $216,000,” Chang said.

The charity was supposed to provide prevention, education, counselling and development services to Auckland’s Pacific Island community.

Uitime was sentenced to two years and one month jail time in October 2020 after pleading guilty to three charges of forgery and six representative charges of dishonestly using a document.

Chang said the offending was “destabilising to our social fabric, damage[ing] trust in community leadership and institutions.

“Fraud that targets or disproportionately harms a particularly vulnerable community or group is a focus area for the Serious Fraud Office.

“Misappropriating government funding can also further exacerbate an issue and undermine government efforts,” she said.

Raphael Franks is an Auckland-based reporter who covers breaking news. He joined the Herald as a Te Rito cadet in 2022.



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Yes it is a multi-billion industry and many of those corrupt organisations are making profits from it.


Yes, this is the way I see it. Family violance is a big scam to make money out of our children. The true victums are the children. They can’t take the children out of violance! If they do they won’t have work in the future. The children is all the lawyers and judges investments to make money of for the future. Propably investlmontes for the children of the lawyers for the future when they enter in the same kind of work.

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