We don’t often see this happening in New Zealand but the key to stop theft in payroll is to ensure there are checks in place.  

NZPPA still comes across payrolls that only has one person doing the sign off and that is the person processing the pay!

Sorry those days are gone we need multiple checks and balances in place to protect one of the largest costs a business has being payroll.  This is not just about protecting the business but about protecting honest, hardworking payroll professionals.

We believe that a “rule of three” should be in place at a minimum to ensure the following does not happen in your payroll.

If you don’t have the checks in place in payroll ask for them now!

Jail for former NZ Bus payroll manager Jason Brown who stole over $128k

Last week Wellington District Court judge Ian Mill had intended to sentence former NZ Bus payroll manager Jason Brown for theft of $128,611 from the company.

After several attempts at getting reparation the first words out of the judge’s mouth last Wednesday were “Show me the money.”

Brown wanted to oblige and said he had $6000 to pay into court toward the money he had taken while he worked for the transport company between January 2015 and April 2016.

However, by Monday he had gambled the money away and the judge’s response was to jail him for two years.

Brown, 38, of Southgate, had hoped to sell a couple of cars to pay back part of the money.

He had used the payroll to pay money into his own bank account. At the time he was earning about a $1000 a week.

After he pleaded guilty to three charges of theft, sentencing was put off after his lawyer Peter Gilbert said some reparation was on offer. Whether an offender can pay reparation is taken into account by a judge when sentencing.

The judge sent Brown to pay the money into the court, but had to wait until Monday to ensure the funds cleared to allow him to sentence.

Gilbert had to tell the judge not only had the funds not cleared, but that it was gone, a victim of Brown’s serious gambling addiction.

The judge said he had initially considered home detention but it was now not available.

“I can give you no deduction for remorse because you have put nothing right.”

He said the reason the reparation was not paid was the same reason for the offending.

He ordered $10,000 be paid to NZ Bus and $16,000 to an insurance company which would start when Brown left prison.



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