by MICHAEL OTTO
WELLINGTON — The Hibernian Catholic Benefit Society hopes convicted fraudster Susan Hagai will continue to help its investigations for possible future civil claims for compensation.
In a note sent to several branches, society secretary Phil O’Brien explained that Hagai has already helped the Hibernians in its investigations.
“We have reason to hope that this assistance will continue while [she is] in prison,” Mr O’Brien wrote.
In late October, Wellington District Court judge Sue Thomas sentenced Hagai to four years and two months jail. Hagai had already pleaded guilty to charges including one of obtaining $1,242,750 by deception.
The fraud has meant that the Hibernian Credit Union is to be liquidated.
Mr O’Brien’s note added that there was no order for restitution made by Judge Thomas as “there is no significant property to recover [from Hagai]”.
There were 31 victim impact statements made to the court. The judge highlighted several, which she read out to Hagai.
According to media reports, Hagai’s lawyer read out a letter of apology from the defendant in which she said she hated herself for what she had done and that her remorse was real and genuine.
The money fraudulently taken was reportedly spent on education of Hagai’s children and lifestyle.
The Hibernians board has engaged John Reardon of Cooper Rapley lawyers to undertake possible future legal action.

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