Man jailed after firm cheated out of thousands

Last updated 05:00 13/08/2014

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A 32-year-old Blenheim man has been sent to prison after ripping off his employers to the tune of $90,000.

Hayden James Kerwin appeared in the Blenheim District Court on Monday after an unsuccessful attempt at restorative justice.

Judge Richard Russell said Kerwin was hired by a Blenheim vehicle company in 2007.

Between April 2011 and December 2013, Kerwin developed an addiction to methamphetamine and began defrauding his employers to fund his habit, Russell said. Kerwin did this by selling parts, and directing payments into his personal bank account.

During restorative justice, Kerwin apologised and offered to pay the company back at $10 a week. But his former employers felt the apology was "too easy" and the repayment offer not enough, Russell said. Kerwin was sentenced to two years and three months' jail and would have to pay $50,000 in reparation.

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- The Marlborough Express

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