Former Sky City employee Tessa Fiona Grant, who is accused of stealing $2.3 (NZ$2.6) million, has pleaded not guilty to 49 charges against her. The charges cover 60 cheques over the period of six years.
The former Sky City employee worked for the company for more than 7 years. She purportedly stole $2.3 million during her days with the company.
Grant appeared in a Hamilton district court and pleaded not guilty. According to nzherald.co.nz while outside the courthouse, she refused to speak to the media and just stood solemnly in the dock during her first hearing.
The charges against the 40-year-old are mostly related to different individuals and businesses and Grant accounted fraudulently the amount to Sky City’s books. Police said that Grant used the company’s cheques to pay for personal bills which include landscaping, carpet, drapes, a ceiling and equestrian expenses like vet bills etc, as reported by stuff.co.nz. The court documents revealed that the misappropriation of company’s money started from 2008.
The Company previously stated that it reported the matter to police after encountering numerous “financial irregularity.” It also claimed that an internal review found that she was connected to some “unexplained transactions”.
Grant was working for the company from 2006 to 2014. Initially, she was the finance manager, but in 2013, she was promoted to general manager.
Ngaire Mascelle , the community magistrate remanded Grant on bail. The court asked her to not to apply for travel documentation. She is going to stay in her Whatawhata house. She has to reappear in the Hamilton district court on 2 June.
As reported by RNZ, Grant is also facing civil action from Sky City and Auckland High Court has seized her assets.
Recently, Lewis Hamilton, a Formula One racing champion, criticised a casino in New Zealand for treating him like dirt. With 3.2 million followers, Hamilton posted his critical review of the Sky City Casino to his Twitter account. However, the local gambling crown definitely will not agree with his fierce review.