Work 'spying' charge

LEIGHTON KEITH
Last updated 10:00 14/12/2012

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A 41-year-old New Plymouth oil and gas worker has been charged over allegations of industrial espionage.

A police investigation into the allegation, that a former Tag Oil employee took inside information when he left to work for New Zealand Energy Corporation earlier this year, began in September.

CIB Detective Byron Reid said the man was facing one charge of accessing a computer for a dishonest purpose.

"The allegation is that he has accessed the Tag Oil computer and has taken information from the Tag computer," Mr Reid said.

The man appeared in the New Plymouth District Court this week and was remanded on bail to reappear on January 8.

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