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Woman allegedly stole $100,000 from rugby club

An alleged rugby club fraudster is unlikely to face justice unless she returns to New Zealand.

Nicola Flint is accused of stealing more than $100,000 from the Christchurch Football Club while she was in charge of managing its finances.

She was due to appear in the Christchurch District Court on June 7 on nine fraud charges.

The charges against Flint include causing harm by deception, forgery, use of forged documents, theft by a person in a special relationship and taking and obtaining or using a document to obtain a financial advantage, according to court documents.

Nicola Flint was also accused of falsely telling friends that she had terminal cancer.

She and her New Zealand husband Andrew Flint and their two teenage children travelled to the UK in December.

When she failed to appear in court, a warrant was issued for her arrest.

They had a family business in Christchurch, Flint Construction.

The rugby club got the missing money back after the Flints sold their family home in St. Albans for $713,000 in April.

Following negotiations between the club and Flint’s lawyers, a reservation was made over the land. The rugby club’s chairman, Craig Calder, said he was very happy with the payment.

“We are very happy. This means that we can put money back into our reserves and be a solid club again,” he said.

Calder said yesterday that he now believed it was unlikely that police would take action against Nicola Flint if she did not return.

He said police had not contacted the club since the arrest warrant was issued.

“As far as we are concerned, the case is closed unless she returns to New Zealand and there is a trial.”

Police were reluctant to answer questions about the case and would not comment on whether Nicola Flint would be extradited from Bridgend in Wales, where she currently lives.

A police spokesman said police seek advice from Interpol when a person subject to an arrest warrant leaves the country.

The spokesman declined to say whether the police had received any information from Interpol.

Andrew Flint returned to New Zealand in early June and was spotted in Invercargill.

After about a week he returned to Great Britain.

When Andrew Flint returned, the police did not speak to him.

His family in New Zealand is begging him to return.

“It’s just terrible,” said his sister WalesOnline.

“Andrew needs to come home. We love him and the kids.”