Boss says worker stole $500,000
A former employee of supply chain Zip Plumbing Plus alleged to have used more than $500,000 of the company's money has been remanded without plea until next month.
Suzanne Marie Davies, 57, appeared before a Porirua District Court registrar today facing five charges of using documents to gain a pecuniary advantage.
Her lawyer Paul Paino asked for the remand saying he had no information yet from the police about the alleged offending.
Davies was remanded on bail to live in Levin and had to surrender her passport to the court.
She was charged after an investigation by company owner Stan Juchnowicz who said he found a paper trial of her use of company money.
According to Mr Juchnowicz, Davies went on shopping sprees and overseas trips, using more than $500,000 she is alleged to have taken in her 23 years working as the administrator for plumbing supply chain Zip Plumbing Plus.
At times he wondered why his business - which has eight branches throughout the lower North Island - was struggling to turn a profit and why he had to borrow money from the bank to stay afloat.
In June this year, while Ms Davies was on holiday in China, he investigated and found a paper trail, which he claims shows she had been writing cheques using company money and depositing them in her own account.
Ms Davies, who he said was seen several times in expensive new cars, was dismissed from the business on July 2. On Thursday she was arrested and questioned.
Ms Davies told the The Dominion Post: "I may have been charged, but I have not been found guilty."
She also said she planned to press charges against Mr Juchnowicz, but was not prepared to discuss the nature of them.
"I know who I am and the people who matter in my life know the person I am. Stan destroyed my life for 25 years - another year or so isn't going to hurt me any more than I've been hurt in the past.
"I was instrumental in making the company; I'm not going to hurt it now or also in the past."
She declined to comment further until after the court case.
Mr Juchnowicz said he was relieved at news of the arrest. "I put my heart and soul into this business. It's gut-wrenching really. We built the business up from nothing . . . It's going to take us quite a while to get back on an even keel."
Davies did not seek name suppression and refused to comment outside court today.
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