1493249695308 - Convicted fraudster Ann-Marie Smith shows up to court

Convicted fraudster Ann-Marie Smith shows up to court

Convicted fraudster Ann-Marie Kathrine Smith has made an appearance at the Christchurch District Court office a day after a warrant was issued for her arrest.

The 30-year-old was in hospital on Wednesday, but Christchurch District Court Judge Tony Couch did not accept her explanation for not appearing for sentencing on two charges of obtaining money by deception.

He said a medical certificate saying that she would be fit for work on Thursday was “effectively useless” and issued the arrest warrant. He cited her history of telling lies.

Smith was at the Court House on Thursday morning. She saw a registrar and arranged to make a voluntary appearance in the main list court on Friday afternoon.

Her sentencing has been delayed twice – the first time so she could arrange to get money to pay $3495 back to her two victims.

Smith remains on bail.

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