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EQC staffer denies misusing cars

DAVID CLARKSON
Last updated 11:15 18/07/2014
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FREE RIDE: EQC cars parked at home base in Addington. A number of the company's vehicles have allegedly been misused.

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A former Earthquake Commission (EQC) employee is pleading not guilty to charges alleging she misused the commission's vehicles and a fuel card.

Epenesa Valavala, 24, was working for the commission when inquiries were made about the misuse of three cars, which could be used by staff for transport for business purposes.

That led to her being summoned to the Christchurch District Court in June charged with converting three different Toyota Corolla cars valued at $20,000 to her own use between February 20 and May 8.

She is also charged with dishonestly using a fuel card three times on dates in February, March, and April.

The seventh charge is that she caused a loss of $1034 to EQC by deception.

Valavala, who no longer works for the commission, today appeared before a registrar at the Christchurch Courthouse and entered not guilty pleas to all seven charges.

She was further remanded on bail to appear at a case review hearing on August 26, when arrangements for a trial may be settled.

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