Hol­i­day scam­mer put into com­mu­nity work

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By HARKAN­WAL SINGH Win­tec jour­nal­ism stu­dent

A for­mer zumba teacher who ran classes in Mata­mata has been sen­tenced to 150 hours of com­mu­nity work af­ter be­ing con­victed for her part in a hol­i­day ac­com­mo­da­tion scam.

Kathryn Aileen Coyle, 51, of Te Puke, had ear­lier pleaded guilty to six charges of caus­ing loss by de­cep­tion. She was teach­ing zumba classes in Mata­mata last year.

Coyle, a book­ing agent, pock­eted $13,010 through hav­ing fam­i­lies and couples de­posit the money into her ac­count for beach­side hol­i­day homes in Puke­hina in the Bay of Plenty.

Then, at the last minute she called the vic­tims to say an ac­ci­dent at the prop­erty had left it un­us­able.

Coyle even faked her own death, by tex­ting the vic­tims pre­tend­ing to be her own mother.

She was or­dered by Tau­ranga District Court to pay back the $13,010 she owed to the vic­tims.

If any­one in Mata­mata has been af­fected by Kathryn Coyle’s hol­i­day scam, please con­tact the Mata­mata Chron­i­cle on 888 7011.

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