27 June 2022 9:48
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Indian-origin delivery driver found guilty of stealing 89 parcels in New Zealand

An Indian-origin courier driver failed to deliver 89 parcels in Wellington, New Zealand has now pleaded guilty in Wellington District Court to a charge of theft by a person in a special relationship.

It is reported that instead of delivering these parcels, Akash Arora took them home for himself.

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Between June 6 and November 10 last year, Akash Arora, stole parcels when he was working as an independent contractor for New Zealand Couriers.

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Akash Arora took parcels containing perfume, clothing and electronics, among other things valued at NZ$8098 ($7432.57).

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In November, NZ Couriers National Operations Manager John Charles told media that the company became aware of the situation and the matter was referred to police.

NZ Police searched Arora’s home and stolen freight valued at NZ$7700 ($7067.28) was recovered.

The police sought a reparation order for NZ$398 ($365.30).

This was for the value of two icebreaker jackets which had been worn by Akash Arora and couldn’t be returned.

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Mr Charles told media that Akash Arora’s contract was terminated soon after.

“All claims received from parcel senders were actioned appropriately, following our clear process for any issues where our contractors have fallen short.”

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Akash Arora told police he had been going through some difficult times both personally and with his employment situation.

He is expected to appear in Wellington District Court on June 23 for sentencing.

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