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KiwiRail worker used company card

Last updated 12:00 25/06/2014

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A KiwiRail worker has admitted using a company credit card to fill personal cars with nearly $1000 worth of petrol.

Kiria John Tangaroa was employed by KiwiRail in Palmerston North. As part of his job, he had access to company credit cards.

The cards were supposed to be used only for buying petrol and oil for KiwiRail, but Tangaroa had other ideas.

Between January 14 and February 20 this year, he used the card on nine occasions to fill up either his Holden Commodore or other cars. He used the cards to buy a total of $898.99 worth of petrol.

Most of the petrol came from stations in Palmerston North and Taihape. He has not yet repaid KiwiRail for the stolen money.

In the Palmerston North District Court yesterday, Tangaroa pleaded guilty to nine charges of obtaining by deception in relation to the thefts.

He also pleaded guilty to a charge of misleading a social welfare officer, a crime he committed while working at KiwiRail.

Judge Les Atkins remanded Tangaroa until August for sentencing.

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- Manawatu Standard

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