Hotel manager accused of $118,000 theft

By Edward Gay

The Club Bar at the Spencer on Byron Hotel, Takapuna. File photo / Herald on Sunday
The Club Bar at the Spencer on Byron Hotel, Takapuna. File photo / Herald on Sunday

A manager of one of Auckland's top hotels has appeared in court accused of stealing more than $118,000.

Jose Enrico Buenaventura, who worked at the Spencer on Byron in Takapuna, appeared at the North Shore District Court today facing two charges of obtaining by deception.

The 35-year-old made a brief appearance before a community magistrate. His lawyer John Munro asked for more time to give legal advice.

According to the police charge sheets, Buenaventura is accused of stealing $118,607.32 from NZ Castle Resorts and Hotels - the Spencer on Byron management company.

It's understood Buenaventura held a management position at the plush hotel and allegedly used it to siphon funds in a variety of ways over two years.

The 23-storey hotel has 249 rooms spread over 18 floors and has played host to the All Blacks.

The 20th and 21st floors have six penthouses which are not part of the hotel operation and have been at the centre of a longstanding leaky building case which has seen owners sue the now defunct North Shore City Council.

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