Stole from em­ployer to buy ‘Fri­day night beers’

Stratford Press - - News -

A Strat­ford man who stole thou­sands of dol­lars from his em­ployer to “buy Fri­day night beers” for his work­mates has ap­peared in court.

Clin­ton Rex Hay­man (32) pleaded guilty to one charge of ob­tain­ing an amount over $1000 by de­cep­tion when he ap­peared in the Haw­era Dis­trict Court last Tues­day.

Hay­man was man­ag­ing Strat­ford pan­el­beat­ers when the of­fend­ing took place. He was con­victed and re­manded un­til De­cem­ber 12 when he will be sen­tenced.

Se­nior po­lice pros­e­cu­tor sergeant Steve Hickey says Hay­man had been an em­ployee of the vic­tim for about 14 years and was pro­moted to man­age the Strat­ford Pan­el­beat­ers around 18 months ago “which was when the fraud­u­lent ar­range­ments be­gan”.

Hickey says the de­fen­dant would on oc­ca­sions cre­ate an in­voice for the client, pocket a por­tion of the money, change the in­voice and bank the re­main­ing por­tion of the money to the com­pany. The de­fen­dant would also get clients to pay cash while get­ting store work­ers to carry out the re­pairs which, un­known to them, were cash jobs.

The amounts al­leged kept by Hay­man af­ter work­ing on seven dif­fer­ent ve­hi­cles var­ied be­tween $275 and $2140.55. Hay­man’s lawyer Neal Hard­ing, how­ever, said he dis­puted part of the sum­mary of facts which needed to be talked about and re­solved be­fore sen­tenc­ing.

Mr Hickey says the of­fend­ing oc­curred be­tween Fe­bru­ary 1, 2017 and July 10 this year and in ex­pla­na­tion, Hay­man stated that he was just tempted by the cash and that he used the money to buy beers on Fri­days for the work­ers.

Judge Stephen Har­rop Judge says that a pre-sen­tence re­port would be made and Hay­man had a pre­vi­ous sen­tence for a bur­glary.

The re­port would con­sider com­mu­nity and home de­ten­tion and restora­tive jus­tice would also be ex­plored.

“These things are very hurt­ful and a breech of trust.”

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