Grate­ful for read­ers’ help

Central Leader - - NEWS -

An el­derly woman conned out of thou­sands by a man she met at church is thank­ing those who have helped her.

Olive Stod­dard, 95, took in the man af­ter he started at­tend­ing her Mt Eden church in Fe­bru­ary.

He claimed to be down on his luck af­ter his home and the ho­tel where he worked were de­stroyed by the Christchurch earth­quake.

The man al­legedly used Mrs Stod­dard’s eft­pos card with­out her know­ing in the fort­night he stayed with her and in the days af­ter he dis­ap­peared.

Mrs Stod­dard’s bank be­lieves she lost around $5000 through the var­i­ous trans­ac­tions and cheques that also went miss­ing.

She says she is over­whelmed by the out­pour­ing of sup­port from the com­mu­nity since the Cen­tral Leader fea­tured an ar­ti­cle about her or­deal last month.

‘‘I’ve even had peo­ple send me money from Aus­tralia,’’ Mrs Stod­dard says.

‘‘Thank you to all of the gen­er­ous peo­ple who have helped.’’

Po­lice are yet to track down the man in­volved in the case.

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