ROTORUA, New Zealand – A New Zealand woman who went on the run with some of the millions of dollars mistakenly deposited into her partner's bank account has been convicted of theft, attempted fraud and money laundering.
Kara Hurring and partner Hui "Leo" Gao were dubbed the "Accidental Millionaires" after Westpac bank in 2009 gave them a credit line of 10 million New Zealand dollars (US$7.7 million) — 100 times their approved limit. The couple transferred millions into other accounts and left for China. Hurring returned after having a baby.
The New Zealand Herald said Hurring cried in the Rotorua court Friday when the jury found her guilty of 30 charges. She is due to be sentenced in August.
Gao was extradited from Hong Kong last year and faces similar charges.