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Christchurch pair allegedly steal 1.4 million dollars from elderly widow.

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Christchurch District Court  Ryan Anderson

A couple appeared in court today charged with stealing a small fortune from an elderly widow through a computer system.

The Christchurch pair, who have been granted temporary name suppression, made their first appearance on eitght charges.

They entered no pleas in their first appearance in the Christchurch District Court on Tuesday.

The pair allegedly accessed a bank account of an elderly widow, withdrawing $1,340,900.

They also face three more charges of theft, totaling just over $50,000. Each of these also included the use of a computer system to obtain the money.

The offences span a one year period from late 2016 to late 2017.

Defence counsel Ansel Williams applied for suppression as publishing their names could cause "significant damage" to the businesses run by the pair.

Police prosecution had no objections to the name suppression.

The accused have been granted bail on condition they surrender their passports, live in their registered address and don’t sell or remove their vehicles from their possession.

They will appear in court again next month.