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PHOTO: HAURAKI-HERALD A theft conviction for a $10 bottle of wine has scuppered a woman’s career as a real estate agent (FILE PHOTO).

A woman who stole a $10 bottle of wine as a teenager and turned herself in to police four years ago has been denied a real estate agent’s licence as a result.

Larissa Rogers​, of Whangārei, gave up her job for a real estate course, got good marks, impressed her tutor and had work lined up.

But a theft conviction has now scuppered her career – and a legal scholar says Rogers’ predicament is common for many young people suffering for years-old run-ins with the law.


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Rogers told Stuff she was hugely disappointed, but was weighing up her options for the future.

“It’s just really unfortunate but … it’s the consequence of my actions four years ago,” she said.

“I’ve basically done what I can with the help and support but there’s nothing else that I can do apart from wait.”

Clean slate laws mean Rogers could conceal her record from 2023, seven years after the conviction.

But the real estate licencing body demanded people had no dishonesty convictions within the past decade.

A recent-released Real Estate Agents Disciplinary Tribunal​ decision on the matter showed Rogers, 22, was refused a salesperson’s licence because of a May 2016 theft conviction.




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