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Man admits defrauding dairy exporter

A former dairy company worker has admitted his part in a scheme to defraud his employer after charges were laid by the Serious Fraud Office.

Jin Weifeng, 28, who worked for the Sutton Group until January this year, pleaded guilty in Auckland District Court on Wednesday to 11 charges including theft, dishonestly using a document and taking secret commissions.

He admitted his role in creating false invoices, theft of product or receiving secret commissions from a supplier.

A complaint was laid in January prompting the SFO investigation. Charges were laid in September.

"This case illustrates a caught-in-the-act example of employee fraud," acting SFO chief executive Simon McArley said.

Another man, Paul Michael Normington, 33, Weifeng's former manager, is facing similar charges and is also accused of copying electronic files from the Auckland-based company's server to help him start his own business in competition with Sutton.

Weifeng will be sentenced on March 14 and is facing up to seven years in jail.