Shane Peter Toms, 48, pleaded guilty in the Blenheim District Court on Monday to a charge of using a document to obtain property dishonestly and without claim of right.
It was a representative charge, relating to seven different incidents when the scrap metal worker used two eftpos cards belonging to his Christchurch-based employer to pay for personal items.
The court was told that the Riversdale man was working in Christchurch and was given the cards by his employer to pay for items he needed to repair their work vehicles.
Between August 16 and 19 last year, Toms used the two cards to withdraw a total of $2100 on three separate occasions, and spent $445 and $480 on two separate occasions at a massage complex.
He also used the cards at two service stations in Christchurch, spending $146 and $61.65.
Toms told police he had used the cards for personal items, but said he had been given permission to do so by the company owner.
The company was now in liquidation, and reparation of $2933.15 was sought by the liquidator.
Toms was remanded until March 17 for sentence.
- The Marlborough Express