The wife of a former Tamahere accountant, convicted of stealing millions of dollars from a wealthy family to fund a lavish lifestyle, played a role in her husband’s crimes.
Susan Lesley Soffe, whose husband Gary William Soffe stole $4.1 million from his client, has been serving home detention and doing community service after she pleaded guilty to receiving more than $3 million in stolen money.
She also pleaded guilty to laundering $855,000 and trying to claim a domestic purposes benefit when her husband went to jail, the NZ Herald reports.
Susan Soffe was sentenced at the Hamilton District Court in December last year, at the same time as Gary Soffe, who had pleaded guilty to another 18 charges over the theft of a further $2.16 million from the same family.
The Herald can only now reveal the offending after Judge Glen Marshall granted the pair interim name suppression until 5pm today. The reason for the lengthy suppression was sealed.
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