Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Accountant skimmed $70k off wine firm

ROELAND VAN DEN BERGH 

An accountant and former police officer stole nearly $70,000 from his employer, Marlborough-based Mud House Wines, an industry disciplinary tribunal has heard.

Lawrence Peter Ford was referred to the Institute of Chartered Accountants disciplinary tribunal after pleading guilty in the District Court at Christchurch last June on 15 counts of dishonesty to obtain $69,931.

He was sentenced to six months community detention, 400 hours community work and ordered to pay reparation of all the money stolen to Mud House Wines.

Mud House Wines has vineyards in Marlborough, North Canterbury and Central Otago.

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