Woman charged with borrowing EQC cars

DAVID CLARKSON
Last updated 11:02 06/06/2014

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A former EQC employee has been remanded on charges alleging misuse of staff vehicles and a fuel card.

The 24-year-old woman, Epenesa Valavala, of Aranui, was granted a registrar's remand at the Christchurch District Court today, which meant she did not need to appear in court before a judge.

The registrar remanded her on bail to June 27, for a legal aid application to be considered.

She has entered no pleas to a total of seven charges.

She is charged with converting three different Toyota Corolla cars valued at $20,000 to her own use between February 20 and May 8.

She also is alleged to have dishonestly used a fuel card three times, on dates in February, March, and April.

The seventh charge is that between March 9 and April 1 she caused a loss of $1034 to EQC by deception.

EQC has alleged the woman borrowed staff vehicles for unauthorised personal use and was caught out after one was left abandoned on the roadside when it broke down. The woman no longer works for EQC.

The commission has up to 15 pool cars in Christchurch as well as other assigned to staff and contractors.

The Press reported this week that the EQC was reviewing its procedures for vehicle use.

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