Former DHB worker admits fuel card fraud

Last updated 11:28 24/01/2013

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A former Capital and Coast District Health Board employee who helped maintain fleet vehicles used fuel cards and expense accounts to outfit his wife's car and gave a fleet car to his brother.

Terence Patrick Vinicent Kerr, 41, now employed as a driver of Lower Hutt, pleaded guilty to seven charges of obtaining by deception, converting motor vehicles and using documents fraudulently.

Fourteen other charges were withdrawn.

Police prosecutor Blair Piper said Kerr had worked at Capital and Coast from 2008 until last year.

In 2008 he took his wife's Mazda car for a WOF and paid using a Capital and Coast account.  He also used purchasing authority to get car mats, alloy wheels and tyres, and to have a reversing sensor installed for the car.

In March last year he went to Burke's Cycles and bought two bikes and accessories worth $1533.

He gave a Toyota Hilux fleet vehicle to his brother to use in 2011 and used another car himself, filling it using a BP fuelcard on Capital and Coast's account.

He also bought a trailer which he later told police he had used once to go to the motor cycles races at Manfield.

When questioned he claimed they were mistakes, that he meant to pay for things and some items were misunderstandings.  Kerr said he had wanted to help his brother and thought he was entitled to use the fuel card if he was on call.

His lawyer Geoff Fulton said the agreed amount of reparation was $6810 and since Kerr had another job he would be able to begin paying it back.

Wellington District Court judge Anthony Walsh remanded him on bail until March for sentencing.  He ordered a home detention report be prepared.

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