Woman told to pay $5000

A woman has been ordered to pay $5000 to her former employers.
A woman has been ordered to pay $5000 to her former employers.

A former preschool centre manager who used work funds for holiday spending, booze and cigarettes has been ordered to pay $5000 to her former employer.

Stacey Larnach, who worked at Wickham Preschool in Tauranga, resigned from her job last June amid claims she was being targeted by her boss for trivial matters. She was also concerned the matters would impact on her teacher's registration.

An Employment Relations Authority investigation confirmed she had used a work account meant to pay for children's food, while on holiday in Fiji with her partner.

While away on the trip - which had been paid for by her employer as a reward for attending alcohol counselling - it was discovered Ms Larnach had continued to use the centre's Pak'n Save account to buy alcohol and cigarettes. She had already been told not to do this.

In a determination released in August and reported in the Bay of Plenty Times, the authority dismissed Ms Larnach's claim of unjustified dismissal.

Authority member Eleanor Robinson also said Ms Larnach's employers had found her responsible for accounting discrepancies totalling about $20,000.

A new costs determination has ordered Ms Larnach to pay $5000 to her former employer as a contribution towards costs for two days of the investigation meeting into her matter.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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