'Runaway millionaire' found guilty
18 May 2012, 14:00
Wellington - A New Zealand woman who fled the country with her partner
after a bank mistakenly deposited millions of dollars into his account
was found guilty of money laundering and theft on Friday.
Hurring left for China with partner Hui Gao when Westpac bank
accidentally put NZ$10m ($7.6m) into his account in April 2009 after he
requested a NZ$100 000 overdraft.
The error was discovered
within days but by then NZ$6.78m had already been transferred into other
accounts and the pair, dubbed "the runaway millionaires", had left the
Hurring, who was arrested after returning to New Zealand
in February last year, had pleaded not guilty in Rotorua District Court
to 25 counts of stealing and two counts of laundering totalling $193
000 in Macau.
The 33-year-old said Gao had told her his financial
windfall was the result of a lottery win and she had no idea the money
was obtained illegally until she saw a report about the case on Chinese
She was convicted on all charges after a four-day trial and will be sentenced on August 24.
who was arrested in Hong Kong last September and subsequently deported
to New Zealand, will face a separate trial at a date yet to be set.