Ex-dairy staff to be sentenced for scam

Last updated 14:47 15/07/2014

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Two former Night 'n Day staff in Queenstown who stole from their employer by helping each other scam grocery item sales have been remanded until August for sentence.

Ann Lorraine Samson Melenciano, 34, and Jacqueline Borromeo Medrano, 47, jointly charged with theft while in a special relationship between March 1 and June 17, were convicted by Judge Christina Cook in the Queenstown District Court yesterday.

It was discovered on CCTV that while the pair were serving each other they were covering the bar code of items with their hands and then pretending to charge each other through eftpos.

Medrano's lawyer, Sonia Vidal, said her client was "extremely remorseful" for her actions but had felt pressured into the scheme by Melenciano, who was her superior.

"Ms Medrano felt pressured to go along with the scheme . . .

"She knew it was wrong," Vidal said. "She felt she had to."

There was an "extremely high" chance she was going to lose her work permit and be deported as a result of the offending.

Vidal said Medrano often stole outdated stock from a bargain bin while her co-offender was stealing tobacco. The judge ordered reparation reports for sentencing on August 18.

Injuring with intent

Cody Mathew John Marshall, 23, of Temuka, was sentenced to four months' community detention and ordered to pay $459.30 reparation and a $1000 emotional harm payment for injuring with intent on March 22.

Assault

Rafael Silva Goettems, 20, sales assistant, was sentenced to 160 hours' community work and nine months' supervision for assault on March 19 and June 29.

Nicholas Emanuel James, 30, was fined $1000 for assaulting two bar staff on July 13.

Theft

Benjamin John Powell, 22, was ordered to pay $5980 reparation for theft. Powell used money he collected from his flatmates for rent to spend on alcohol.

Wilful damage

Hayden Kyle James, 19, builder, of Dunedin, was fined $450 and ordered to pay $351.20 reparation for breaking a window on June 30.

Driving

Yong Sheng Lin, 43, waiter, was sentenced to 100 hours' community work, ordered to pay $300 reparation and disqualified from driving for 10 months for dangerous driving and failing to stop on May 30.

Nathan Anthony Smid, 20, scaffolder, was fined $500 and disqualified from driving for six months for dangerous driving in Beaumont on February 14.

Drink-driving

Karl Antony Rich Gebbie, 28, manager, was fined $650, sentenced to 150 hours' community work and disqualified from driving for 15 months for dangerous driving, assaulting a police officer, refusing to accompany police, failing to remain stopped and driving with a breath alcohol level of 581mcg on June 26 and 603mcg on June 7.

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Andrew James Hiles, 30, 1010mcg on June 21. Fined $1000 and disqualified for eight months.

Lewis Matthew Latham, 31, blocklayer, 1147mcg on June 29. Fined $1200 and disqualified for nine months.

Rebecca Patricia Klimeck, 25, 1020mcg on June 12. Sentenced to 100 hours' community work and six months' supervision.

Spencer Luke Miles, 31, 914mcg on June 21. Fined $950 and disqualified for six months.

Amy Ellen Doherty, 22, 905mcg on July 12. Fined $920 and disqualified for six months.

Ian James Wilson, 73, of Arrowtown, 809mcg on June 21. Fined $1200, disqualified for 12 months.

Martin Bednar, 28, kitchen hand, 574mcg on June 27. Fined $650 and disqualified for six months.

Marion Mistler, 27, midwife, 493mcg on June 20. Fined $500 and disqualified for six months.

Robert Thomas Leo Breen, 25, adviser, of Dunedin, 554mcg on June 20. Fined $550 and disqualified for six months.

Keri Moana Collier, 47, housekeeper, 478mcg on June 21. Sentenced to 110 hours' community work, six months' supervision and disqualified for 14 months.

Jorge Emiliano Adda Arbiza, 23, farm worker of Mayfield, 452mcg on June 21. Fined $450 and disqualified for six months.

Sophie Marie Ledee, 26, 440mcg on June 28. Fined $420 and disqualified for six months.

Paul John Taylor, 39, mechanic, 470mcg on June 28. Fined $400 and disqualified ffor six months.

Tim Alan Simpson, 38, builder, fined $600 and disqualified for six months for driving with a blood alcohol level of 123mg on May 23.

- The Southland Times

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