KFC addict racks up $23k on employer’s stolen debit card to fuel habit

A Manurewa man who went on a $23,000 spending spree using his employer’s bank card has been given a chance to “beat his demons”.

Sione Davis, 30, appeared before Judge Peter Giesen for sentencing in the Auckland District Court on Monday.

He appeared on several charges, including using a document for pecuniary advantage, theft from a dwelling and driving while prohibited.

The judge, reading the summary of facts, said Davis was living in Otara when the offending occurred and was living with the victim, who was also his employer.

The victim had misplaced his debit card and got a new one. He had not cancelled his old one. 

Davis knew the old one was under the microwave. After an argument, Davis moved out and took the card, making over 50 transactions worth $23,000 in December 2018 and January 2019 at KFC restaurants around Auckland.

His offending could be traced back to a dependence on fast food and a defiance of authority, the judge said.

“I am quite certain you will not stop until you have been rehabilitated … You are addicted to KFC, you need support, you need help and need yourself to respond to both in a positive manner.”

Defense counsel John Dobson told the court Davis had been using KFC for 10 years and had been getting well paid as an asbestos remover for which he held a qualification.

“He needs rehabilitation. He’s been clean since he has been in custody for five months. His offending was fuelled by his addiction … He’s wasted his money and his life.”

The judge told Davis rather than sending him back to prison he was giving him an opportunity to “beat the demons” that had been possessing him for some time.

He sentenced Davis to 12 months’ intensive supervision and ordered him to undertake fast-food rehabilitation.

He was convicted and discharged on the driving charges and disqualified for seven months.

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