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Rose was sentenced to 3 years 2 months' imprisonment. Paul Rose has prior convictions, having previously received a 12 month suspended sentence for receiving stolen property and arson. Paynter worked for the company for six years and on numerous occasions diverted payments intended for the company, to her own personal bank account.
She took cash from customers and spent it on herself and manipulated the payroll system to increase her salary. She used a company credit card to buy goods for herself. The offending took place over nine years and involved her falsifying payroll records to conceal her thieving. The Judge suppressed the identity of the law firm on the basis that publication would likely cause it further financial loss.
Long-serving employee jailed for stealing from her employer times 18 December Suzanne Marie Davies, who had worked at the Tawa branch of Zip Plumbing for more than 20 years was today sentenced in the Wellington District Court following a five-week trial in which a Jury found her guilty of charges of theft from her employer. During her trial Davies claimed presumably to justify her thieving that her relationship with the company's owner had changed and she did not feel valued as a key member in the administration of the company.
General Manager stole times 30 October Her offending was traced back seven years — the oldest financial records the Association still held, although she had worked for the Association since Christine Tiongson, the 53 year-old Manager of the Bombay branch of McDonalds restaurant was today sentenced in the Pukekohe District to two years and three months imprisonment.
As the Manager, Tiongson was able to authorise cash refunds to customers but an internal audit during disclosed disproportionately high refunds being paid out when Tiongson was on duty. After an investigation she admitted the thefts and was dismissed but her stealing did not stop her getting employment with another restaurant chain - Mexicali Fresh. Gillian Budge, the Office Manager at the Christchurch firm Southern Engineering Solutions for more than a decade, was today sentenced for stealing from her employer.
The owner said knowing he had been betrayed by someone he trusted for so long made it difficult for him and his wife to trust others.
The couple isolated themselves from their friends, were forced to delay their wedding, and had to put their two year-old daughter into childcare full-time so his wife could take over the office manager role.
The owner urged other business owners to be more vigilant so they did not end up in the same situation - including carrying out criminal checks on any prospective employees. Dionne Guinness, a 42 year-old officer worker was today sentenced in the Tauranga District Court for stealing from her employer, Sportcraft Marine.
Her offending was only discovered when a GST refund that the owner was urgently waiting on, failed to arrive. Enquires established Guinness had deposited it into her own bank account. The impact of her stealing for so long was that the owner had had to lay off two employees because of the financial difficulties stemming from her offending.
Long-serving employee jailed for theft 21 January The 54 year-old was a trusted employee, having worked at Triac Lighting, Sound and Visual Hire for 15 years, but from April until she was caught in October , she repeatedly diverted company money into her personal bank account.
But his wife questioned how Hunt was living beyond her means and had the money to build hot rods and go on cruises. Hewitt had worked for the company for a decade, stealing from it for much of that time. Her offending was only discovered by chance, when she took Maternity Leave, and discrepancies in the accounts began to emerge.
The Judge added that Hewitt and her husband had enjoyed an "extravagant" lifestyle with her spouse "drifting along" as a partial beneficiary.
She was sentenced to three years imprisonment. Joanne Christine McGregor, a 41 year-old Trust Consultant at the Christchurch office of Perpetual Trustees was today sentenced for stealing from her employer.
She tried to excuse her offending by claiming she was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder following the Christchurch earthquakes of and , however, a third of her stealing has occurred before the earthquakes. Indeed McGregor had stolen from her employer on 22 February - the day of the second earthquake - and she was at lunch when some of her colleagues were killed when their building collapsed.
Journee set up false accounts, using the names of friends and family. He also used the password of an ex-girlfriend, who previously worked at the bank, to load and approve credit facilities on the fake accounts. The Judge suppressed the identity of the Bank. Catterall also known as Mechelle Arahanga was sentenced to two years and nine months imprisonment. The offending occurred over a two-year period and involved Robinson creating 16 fictitious accounts with loan and overdraft facilities, which she then drew on.
She used the money as a deposit on a house, furniture, and overseas holidays in Canada, Japan and throughout New Zealand. Travel agency worker stole from employer times in six months 1 July She would move funds into bogus accounts and then text her partner who would immediately withdraw the money from an ATM.
Her lawyer, Rob Samuel, made a fanciful submission to the Court that if Jan were convicted, "she would never work again", But the Judge disagreed and entered a conviction, saying prospective employers should be aware of a history of dishonesty offending. Between April and October she used her delegated financial authority to approve credit requests, which were in fact false, and paid the money into her bank account.
Apineru was able get away with the fraud because she would photocopy her team leader's signature of authorisation onto the relevant forms. During the ten-month period January — November Mackley wrote out 86 company cheques to herself. She spent the stolen money on her preoccupation with food, on-line shopping, and trips to Australia. The Managing Director of Anglo Pacific told the Court the offending had had a huge financial impact on the business, its cash flow, and profitability.
Bonuses to other staff had not been able to be paid. Her duties had included financial management and banking. Hull first started working for the Practice as a Receptionist in , however, owing to legal limitations on making claims for recovery, the ERA could only order the repayment of money missing during the six year period July to July Hull was invited to view the video evidence and to comment, but declined and resigned shortly afterwards. Hull is extraordinarily fortunate that her employers did not refer the matter to the Police for criminal prosecution.
Colleen Gray defrauded the school by raising fake invoices in the names of fictious teachers to companies owned by her husband. They used the money for a trip to London and three trips to Australia, and Colleen Gray also used her school credit card to pay for meals at high-end Auckland restaurants, flowers, and valet parking at the airport. The court was told that during the time of the Grays' offending the school was strapped for cash and trying to save every dollar.
When the couple were first charged in Colleen Gray declared to the media "We are completely innocent. We have nothing to hide. Colleen Gray was sentenced to a year of Home Detention and hours community service and her husband was sentenced to 10 months Home Detention. PVL Update 29 July The Gray's disputed their sentences and took them to the Court of Appeal today. Before hearing the Appeal, Justice Rhys Harrison warned the couple's lawyer that if the Appeal was unsuccessful the Gray's could have their sentences substituted with terms of imprisonment as the original sentences were generous ones.
Jimmy Ming Miu, a 47 year-old IT Manager was today sentenced after earlier being found guilty in the Auckland District Court of 55 charges of defrauding his employer, McKay Shipping, during the period to He invoiced his employer for the equipment and in his role as IT Manager also approved the invoices for payment.
But the goods were never supplied, not required, or hugely overpriced. From to the pre-school had been the subject of scathing reports by the Education Review Office for its poor performance and educational outcomes. A new management team was put in place but it allowed Matenga, who had been a member of staff during the review period, to remain on in a voluntary capacity as its Treasurer.
Thirty year-old Matenga was sentenced to 22 months imprisonment. The sentencing Judge declined to order that Matenga pay reparation. In a victim impact statement, the employer, which has name suppression, wrote of the sense of betrayal it had towards Esau. PVL Update 12 June Esau appealed to the High Court against her sentence, arguing that the stolen money "did not really occasion major financial hardship" to the victim.
The High Court dismissed the appeal. In order to do this it was necessary to forge the signature of a second signatory to the bank account. Keenan admitted 52 charges of dishonestly using a cheque, representative of offences, and one representative charge of forgery.
She was sentenced to three years and 10 months imprisonment. Presumably Hokonui Rural Transport did not undertake any pre employment screening before employing Keenan. From to Mears used various methods of defrauding her employer, but mostly changed the payee details on customers cheques so that she could deposits them into her own bank account, or the accounts of members of her family.
Three months' jail was added to Mears sentence after she admitted that whilst on remand, she forged the names of her defence lawyer and the Crown prosecutor on a letter to her bank asking it to unfreeze one of her accounts.
Mears was sentenced to four years and three months imprisonment. The judge said his sentence took into account her lack of remorse and the fact her thieving almost put the company out of business. Raewyn Margaret Thompson was sentenced today for stealing from her employer, the Hamilton branch of the Patent Attorney firm, James and Wells,.
She spent the money on a beach front home at Whitianga, new cars, landscaping and art works. Thompson was sentenced to six months Community Detention, nine months supervision and hours of Community Work. Outside Court, a spokesman for the company said the amount taken by Thompson was "significantly larger" than claimed in the charges, but it was not worth the drawn-out legal proceedings to pursue it any further. He said their only reason for proceeding with the criminal charges was to make sure Thompson did not move on to another unwitting employer.
In fact, Thompson had managed to get another job whilst awaiting trial and was sacked by that employer when he learnt of her offending. A 35 year-old Insurance company employee was today sentenced in the Wellington District Court on false accounting and money laundering charges. Cooper had worked for Assure, which was taken over by Axa then merged with AMP and during this time discovered a way to steal client funds. Her offending was never detected by her employer s , but instead, after leaving the company and developing a Christian faith she voluntarily confessed what she had done.
Cooper was sentenced to two years and two months imprisonment. IRD employee imprisoned for frauds 7 February Fifty-nine year-old O'Connor worked for the Department for more than 17 years but over a period of five years she corruptly used her access to tax payers personal details to steal their identities.
She stole birth certificates submitted by taxpayers as identification, altering them to create new fictitious identities that allowed her to open fake bank accounts, apply for passports and IRD numbers. She paid two others to assist her with altering the stolen identifications. O'Connor took voluntary redundancy from the Department in August but her false tax refund applications meant her offending continued on into the following year with refunds paid by IRD into various accounts that she controlled, up until November IRD first became suspicious when genuine taxpayers contacted it saying that it had deposited money into bank accounts they had never opened.
Anita O'Connor was sentenced to two years and five months imprisonment. Two other associates face similar charges. Office worker begins stealing within 5 days of starting work 30 November Notwitstanding that the woman had previous convictions for similar offending, the sentencing Judge granted her permanent name suppression on family grounds.
Her former employer will have to take civil action against her to try and recover the stolen money. Darren Lindsay Thomason, a 36 year old Finance Officer at Waimea Nurseries in Nelson was today convicted of stealing from his employer. Thomason was hired in May but within eight weeks of starting had begun stealing from the company. In mitigation, his lawyer said Thomason had started gambling 15 years ago and became a heavy gambler five years ago.
If you are employing staff based on your instincts, without undertaking due diligence pre employment background screening, then you are exposing yourself to the sort of financial losses this company has just suffered. Call us now for an obligation-free consultation on how you can protect your business from employee theft. Payroll clerk steals more than quarter million dollars in nine months 26 October Campbell was hired on a temporary basis in by Aztech Engineering in Lower Hutt to manage its accounts and the following year was made a permanent employee.
Graeme Geoffery Pettitt of Mosgiel, a 61 year-old Accounts Manager at the University of Otago was today sentenced for stealing from his employer. Pettitt admitted inventing a fictitious creditor and creating a bank account in the name of Hadaad Syndicate.
He also invoiced various university departments for postage they had already been charged for and created fake journal entries to transfer money into a suspense account, from which he paid the fictitious creditor. Pettitt was regarded by the University as a senior and trusted manager and had sat at many meetings where it was discussed how the university could reduce its exposure to fraud. Pettitt, who claimed he had a gambling and alcohol addiction to support, was sentenced to two years and seven months imprisonment.
Instead she kept the gift vouchers for herself and also gave some to family and friends to re-use. Charlotte Emily O'Leary, a 24 year-old administrator employed by the Timaru accountancy firm Martin Wakefield was today sentenced for stealing from her employer.
She spent the money on clothes, shoes and accessories, and overseas holidays to Fiji and Australia. Bourton would target vulnerable clients who did not know how to use phone or internet banking, and kept for herself the money they handed over to her. She also created accounts in customers names without their knowledge and altered loan documents to fraudulently obtain funds to buy a luxury lodge at Lake Karapiro.
She resigned from the bank when she thought her frauds were about to be discovered, later moving to Ireland. However, she was arrested in July when she came back to New Zealand for a holiday. She managed to delay her trial for several years because she kept hiring and then firing successive lawyers she had engaged to defend her — seven lawyers in all.
Another ticket booth employee working at the front entrance of Te Puia in Rotorua also known as the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute has pleaded guilty to stealing entry money paid to her by the public. At sentencing, Te Moana agreed to the proceeds of the sale of her house being used to pay some of the money back. She was sentenced to nine months' Home Detention. These cases demonstrate that as a counter-fraud measure, video cameras are insufficient. If you have dishonest employees who set out to steal, they will find a way to succeed.
He paid for the services himself and kept the balance as his commission about 36 times from November After being caught Bignall repaid the commission to his employer. He was sentenced to hours Community Work. The sentencing Judge was of the opinion that Bignall was intending to start his own travel agency. Renata had worked for the marae, a registered charitable trust, for over 17 years. When caught she said all the money had been spent on gambling. The marae employed a forensic accountant and lawyer at considerable expense to learn the extent of Renata's offending and the trust survived only by arranging a bank overdraft.
In sentencing Renata to two years and three months imprisonment, the judge said her offending had caused the trust extreme embarrassment and put its reputation as a trusted recipient of public funds at risk.
He was further ordered to take treatment for a gambling addiction. Corrections official jailed for taking bribes 20 March Chanel Vern Scanlan, a 38 year-old Tokoroa Community Work Supervisor was today sentenced to two years and nine months imprisonment after earlier pleading guilty to 35 charges of perverting the course of justice.
Scanlan was employed to supervise convicted offenders sentenced to community work but instead took bribes in return for recording they had completed much of their sentence. Over nine months, Scanlan wiped a total of 2, community work hours off offenders sentences. One offender had 95 of his hour sentence wiped. The sentencing Judge told Scanlan his offending had struck at the heart of the administration of justice. Mokotupu would sell apples to customers without the company's knowledge and keep the money for herself.
For more than 20 months Catherine Anne Ihaka, age 56, and Amelia Taima Temo, age 24, repeatedly stole money that the public used as payment for the purchase of bus tickets.
The pair originally faced criminal charges but the prosecutor reduced this to a representative three charges to cover all the offending. Between September and March , Don made dishonest transactions, including inflating reimbursement costs and withdrawing money from the school's bank account into his own. Knight who was first employed in , stole on a weekly basis the entire time she worked for the company. Her offending affected the company's credit rating and placed it under severe financial pressure.
Knight was sentenced to ten months home detention and hours' community work. The sentencing Judge said he believed Knight had stolen more money, which had not been accounted for and imposed six months' post-detention conditions, including that she not obtain a job that involved access to financial accounts. McClintock, who had worked at McElroys Litigation for over 11 years, was sentenced to 12 months home detention and hours community work. To conceal her offending she would alter the Minutes of Club meetings, after they had been approved, to make it appear as though the payments she made to herself had been authorised by the Committee.
Rent money collected by Otto on behalf of clients was instead deposited by him into his own bank account to fulfil a gambling addiction. Otto was sentenced to three months home detention, hours community work and ordered to pay reparation.
Army Museum employee imprisoned for stealing war medals 18 November Keith Davis, the 57 year-old former Registrar at the Waiouru Army Museum was today sentenced in the Wellington District Court for stealing military medals and other antiquities from the museum between and Davies served as a territorial soldier in Canterbury and Wellington between and , and was part of a peace monitoring group in Bougainville in He emigrated to Australia in and was arrested when he returned to New Zealand in September.
Some 20 victim impact statements were put before the court and the sentencing Judge said Davies offending was premeditated and took place over a long time, adding it was a gross and wholesale abuse of trust. Only medals were recovered. Last year, a curator at the Museum was dismissed after being convicted of stealing weapons from its collections.
He was sentenced to four months' home detention. The museum later got back 17 weapons and other items it did not know were missing. His offending was only discovered two months after he had left the Commission, to enrol at a Bible College.
At this rate it will take Telea 52 years to repay the money he stole. Hagai had worked at the Society since She first began stealing in April and it continued on undiscovered until she was made redundant ten months ago when the Society outsourced it finance functions to an accountancy company. On 82 occasions Kirkpatrick using his delegated authority to approve the payment of bogus invoices to companies he owned, for work that was never done. In fact it was whilst he was holidaying in Thailand that his offending was first detected when a bank statement from one of his phony companies was noticed lying on his desk.
Her employer said the theft, had taken a massive toll on his business, and his wife was now suffering stress-related illness as a result. He added "Even the publicity around the case has been bad for business, so we are still paying a significant price.
The sentencing Judge said her premeditated and fraudulent offending had brought her former employer's business "to the brink of insolvency". Hamilton had overall responsibility for the company and was given complete autonomy to run the business including signing authority for two NISS bank accounts.
Tautau had worked for the hospital for more than 30 years. A Health Board spokeswoman said Tautau had been "a very trusted and respected employee who took advantage of this trust and her position as a supervisor to deceive management and her colleagues. The Health Board said it had reviewed its cash handling procedures to make sure a similar fraud could not happen again. However, at PVL it is our experience that the most effective procedure any employer can implement is not to hire people predisposed to theft and dishonesty in the first place.
Employment screening is a proven and successful defence against fraud and considerably cheaper and quicker than any other method used for preventing employee theft. For over 18 months from May , Tait used her inside information to falsify banking records as well as using her seniority to instruct other staff to deposit money into an account she had opened for herself.
Watson gambled much of the money away at a local casino which he visited up to three times a week and where he was treated as a high-roller and allowed to belong to its VIP lounge. The enormity of the theft almost led to the supermarket closing. Her lawyer claimed the offending was to pay for a methamphetamine addiction. The Judge made no order for reparation. On occasions between and , Kahu unlawfully deposited company funds into her personal bank account.
The fraud was only discovered after she had resigned in preparation for emigrating to Australia. Kahu said she gambled most of the money away.
The name of the company has been suppressed. On 14 occasions over an 18 month period Pou deposited cheques intended for the company, into her own bank account. Pou claimed she had stolen the money to pay her son's drug debts, but the Judge described her claim as "an illusion", devised to get her out of a tight spot.
Malcolm David Mason, a 50 year-old Wellington national property manager employed by the Accident Compensation Corporation for more than 32 years, was today sentenced to 11 months home detention after earlier pleading guilty to three bribery and corruption charges. Thirdly, Mason admitted corruptly disclosing confidential E-mails naming all government department security officers, to a security company involved in installing security systems so that it could profit from inside information.
Protect your business by requesting our Integrity Test for job applicants, or existing employees being considered for promotion. Thirty-nine year-old Adams worked for the bank for more than 17 years but began stealing after being promoted to branch manager. She stole mostly from the accounts of elderly customers and changed their address details so they never received bank statements that would have alerted them.
Francis was first employed in February as a Receptionist and three months later was appointed Accounts manager. However, within eight weeks of her promotion she began defrauding her employer and over the next 11 months stole cash from the company on occasions, forged 21 cheques and altered a further 13 customer cheques so she could deposit them into her own personal bank account.
He would then delete the cost of the meals so there was no trace in the electronic cash register, keeping the money paid by patrons, for himself. Singh had no previous convictions. He blamed his offending on a gambling addiction. The offending occurred between and The Judge told French she had put the hearing of a generation of young New Zealanders at risk as many notices warning of "noise-induced hearing loss" had not been placed in schools and workplaces because of a lack of funds.
Her lawyer claimed the offending was to fund a secret gambling habit. Contact us for a free demonstration. Scott diverted invoice payments intended for suppliers, to bank accounts he controlled. When the family-owned business first became aware that suppliers were not being paid it was Scott they turned to, asking him to investigate the matter.
Wilkie allegedly defrauded more than this but the prosecutor withdrew another eight charges following her guilty pleas for the more serious offending. New Zealand bribery 10 December The long-held perception that New Zealand is free of corruption and bribery has been undermined by a survey commissioned by Transparency International.
Undertaken by research company Colmar Brunton, New Zealanders were interviewed with 3. Previous surveys by Transparency International found that New Zealand was perceived as among the least corrupt countries in the world, along with Denmark and Singapore. Bribery levels were higher than Australia 2 per cent and Britain 1 per cent but below Singapore 9 per cent. Transparency International New Zealand director Murray Petrie said he was surprised by the result, and would have expected a figure under 1 per cent.
However, it was naive to believe New Zealand was free of corruption. Transparency International pointed to recent high-profile arrests by the Serious Fraud Office as a sign of increased corruption. Nick Paterson, SFO fraud and corruption manager, said little was known about the actual extent of bribery in New Zealand.
Contact us today for an obligation-free demonstration. Company fraud doubles in two years 8 November The survey showed the most common motive for fraud was pure greed, though gambling or personal financial pressures were also common excuses. Respondents believed that only a third of the total losses were being detected. A break-down in internal controls allowed staff to get away with money, often by simple methods, such as internet-based electronic funds transfers.
Staff may also switch their personal bank account details with those of a supplier to the company, before processing an invoice. When the customer received her bank statement and noticed the discrepancy she contacted McCaskie who tried to convince the woman she had withdrawn the money to buy Bonus Bonds. Knowing this wasn't true the 84 year-old customer contacted bank officials and the Police.
McCaskie submitted numerous references and testimonials to the sentencing Judge and he took these into account when sentencing her to five months' home detention and hours' community work. PVL Update 4 August McCaskie appeared in Court again today for sentencing on further employee theft charges. McCaskie was dismissed from her job at a childcare centre after she was arrested this second time.
Bank employee convicted of multiple fraud s 24 September She was sentenced to eight months' home detention and ordered to pay full reparations. As a Checkout supervisor, Kemp held an access card that allowed her to authorise the refund of returned goods, as well as the sale of alcohol and tobacco.
Kemp would take high-value products off the shelf, scan them multiple times at a checkout as being returned goods and then authorise a refund, keeping the money for herself.
The management, already concerned at a drop in profitability, became suspicious when it noticed a significant increase in the number of cartons of cigarettes being returned, a product that is generally never returned for a refund.
This is further evidence of how essential it is for New Zealand employers to have an employment screening programme in place to assess the integrity of their staff. There is the obvious benefit to the employer in only employing honest people, but there is also the increase in morale for employees, knowing that their colleagues have been professionally screened, and can be trusted. Contact us for a free consultation on how you can safeguard your business, and increase the morale of your staff by only employing trustworthy people.
Sex offender jailed for theft from employer 23 August At that rate it will take her more than 50 years to repay the money. In , Pijper, who went by the name Hendrika Margaret Shaskey, was sentenced to five years imprisonment after being convicted of sexually violating a boy from the age of 13 until he was 18 years old. WINZ employee convicted of fraud 21 August Proctor worked at the Government welfare agency from April to June and used her inside knowledge and access to pay herself unauthorised welfare benefits, including accommodation supplements and family assistance.
As well, she provided false medical information to secure disability payments. She also claimed benefits in the names of five people she knew no longer lived in New Zealand and had the 37 payments made to these clients, redirected to her own bank account.
Proctor also altered a birth certificate to create a false identity for a child she said belonged to a fictitious client who had left the country. She subsequently applied for an unsupervised child benefit in her own name for the fictitious child, alleging the child had been abandoned by its parents.
PVL Update 9 August Proctor was today sentenced to eights months imprisonment for further fraud committed against WINZ whilst serving Home Detention for her original offending. Proctor lied to WINZ to gain a number of welfare benefits by claiming to have care of a 17 year-old child, and also that her husband had left her. After her Home Detention sentence was finished she began working for TalentPoint, a recruitment company, but simultaneously applied for further welfare payments that she was not entitled to.
Michelle Campbell, a 42 year-old Business Manager employed by Tauranga motor vehicle dealer Ebbett Tauranga Ltd was today sentenced to four years imprisonment after earlier being convicted of 61 fraud offences against her employer.
Volunteers stole from Salvation Army 12 August The couple had worked as volunteers for more than seven years and every month would use a church van to collect donated food from companies. They later returned to the address and took the groceries home. In a statement, the Salvation Army said the effect of the theft on the community was immeasurable because it was not known how long it had been happening or how much food had been taken.
Charity fraud is becoming increasingly prevalent in New Zealand. It is tempting to overlook the background screening of volunteers, but it is just as important as verifying paid employees.
The donating public make no distinction - any fraud inariably leads to a dropping off in support for the charity. Between and , Mason regularly invoiced the Christchurch District Health Board DHB for addiction treatment services that were never provided and also forged signatures in order to cash Trust cheques.
Mason was originally charged with offences but they were subsequently replaced with three representative counts covering all the offending. The fraud was only discovered by a random Ministry of Health audit. Warren began to steal within weeks of being recommended for the position by an employment agency.
Had the recruitment company bothered to undertake even the most basic of background checks — a criminal records check — it would have learnt that Warren already had a history of dishonesty. If your company has no policy for reviewing staff honesty then you are exposed to the exact same risk of theft that this Christchurch employer has suffered.
Almost all fraud is committed by longer-serving staff because they have learnt how to circumvent procedures. PVL can quickly implement a staff review policy for you that will immediately reduce your exposure to employee fraud.