Former Papanui Club supervisor admits theft

November 27, 2017 | By More


A former Papanui Club supervisor has admitted stealing cash and is negotiating a settlement with the club to repay the money.

No sentencing date has been set while the negotiations are going on, and the amount involved cannot be reported until the figure is settled, although a guilty plea has been entered.

If no agreement is reached between the club and 64-year-old Christine Mary Black, who is also known as Christine Painter, the case may go to a disputed facts hearing.

The hearing would hear evidence and a judge would decide the amount involved.

Black has admitted the charge of theft by a person in a special relationship. The charge was laid as a “representative charge” indicating thefts occurred more than once.

She had been employed as the supervisor at the club in Bishopdale, where she had responsibility for cash handling and banking at the social club.

Police said that in January, the general managed detected cash going missing and an internal investigation began.

On June 17, Black was seen on internal security footage to remove cash from the float safe and place it in her handbag. Having hidden the cash in her handbag, she then removed it from the premises.

The manager confronted her and she admitted taking the cash. Black wrote to the manager admitting the losses to the club, saying she had a gambling addiction, and undertaking to repay the outstanding amount.

Some of the money has been repaid already.

The police prosecutor Sergeant Garry Wilson told the judge the police had suggested they should get a forensic examination of the accounts to determine the loss, but they decided they did not want to add to the expenses of what they had already lost.

He said Black had made a repayment offer, and it was thought the club would accept that.

The case has now been remanded, with Black on bail, to a case review hearing on December 12. Defence counsel Clayton Williams said there had already been “fruitful discussions” and the court would be told on the next appearance whether agreement had been reached on the amount involved.



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