Woman stole sister?s identity



WHEN a bed-ridden Sydney woman was told her licence had been cancelled following her appearance in Tweed Heads local court on a drink-driving charge, she knew it had to be a case of mistaken identity.

The woman wrote to complain that police were penalising the wrong person because on the date of her supposed appearance she was convalescing in a Sydney hospital.

Police immediately reacted, unravelling a near successful attempt by the woman's sister, Marlene Jean Wharekawa, 40, of Olga Street, Kingscliff, to escape the charge.

Yesterday Wharekawa returned to the court to be charged under her real name with driving with a blood-alcohol level of 0.85, driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle, furnishing an incorrect licence and false information and driving without a licence at Bogangar on December 2.

Ms Wharekawa told magistrate Jeff Linden she was remorseful about using her sister's licence, but did so because she did not have a licence of her own. He fined her $150 on the drink-driving charge and disqualified her from holding a licence for six months. She was fined a total of $150 on the remaining five charges.



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