Plumber ripped $2k off employer by abusing fuel card and failing to return phone

John-Paul Green unlawfully used his work fuel card at Mobil service stations around the North Island, including in New ...
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John-Paul Green unlawfully used his work fuel card at Mobil service stations around the North Island, including in New Plymouth.

A man who used his employer's fuel card to help fund a New Year's road trip never turned back up for work.

John-Paul William Green was employed as a plumber for Garner Holdings Ltd, which is based in New Plymouth.

As part of his job, the 35-year-old was given a Mobil fuel card to use for work purposes, along with a Galaxy 6 cellphone, worth $1029.

A Taranaki man found himself in a court dock after he unlawfully used a work fuel card for his personal benefit. (File ...
Kavinda Herath

A Taranaki man found himself in a court dock after he unlawfully used a work fuel card for his personal benefit. (File Photo).

The summary of facts said between December 9, 2016 and January 5, 2017, Green unlawfully used the fuel card 22 times, purchasing "unknown personal items" to the tune of $1246.76 at Mobil services station in New Plymouth, Warkworth, Pukekohe, Red Beach and Oteha Valley.

The items ranged from about $3 to $110 a time and none of them were work related.

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The purchases made at the Auckland based service stations were all made during the Christmas break, when the plumbing business was shut for the holiday season.

On January 9, 2017, Green failed to turn back up to work.

His employer attempted to get hold of him and had made an appointment with Green to come to the office and hand in his work mobile.

However, the defendant failed to show up.

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On March 22, 2017 Green also committed a petrol drive off after filling up his car with $108.43 in gas from the BP Powderham in New Plymouth and not paying for it.

During Thursday's hearing in the New Plymouth District Court, Green pleaded guilty to the 25 fraud and theft related charges.

Duty lawyer Nathan Bourke said the while the card had been used unlawfully on multiple occasions, the amounts involved each time were relatively small.

Bourke said Green had not had any convictions since 2006 and sought a penalty of community work and reparation for the offending.

Judge Garry Barkle said  the breach of trust involved in the case was an aggravating factor, given that Green had stolen from his former employer.

Green was convicted of the charges and ordered to pay reparation of  $2275.75 to his former employer. An additional reparation order of  $108.43 for the stolen petrol was also imposed. 

He will also have to complete 175 hours of community work.

 - Stuff

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