A manager of one of Auckland's top hotels has appeared in
court accused of stealing more than $118,000.
Jose Enrico Buenaventura, who worked at the Spencer on Byron
in Takapuna, appeared at the North Shore District Court today
facing two charges of obtaining by deception.
The 35-year-old made a brief appearance before a community
magistrate. His lawyer John Munro asked for more time to give
According to the police charge sheets, Buenaventura is
accused of stealing $118,607.32 from NZ Castle Resorts and
Hotels - the Spencer on Byron management company.
It's understood Buenaventura held a management position at
the plush hotel and allegedly used it to siphon funds in a
variety of ways over two years.
The 23-storey hotel has 249 rooms spread over 18 floors and
has played host to the All Blacks.
The 20th and 21st floors have six penthouses which are not
part of the hotel operation and have been at the centre of a
longstanding leaky building case which has seen owners sue
the now defunct North Shore City Council.