Holiday scammer put into community work
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.