4 Aug 2011

Police charge man over missing AUT funds

7:41 pm on 4 August 2011

A former manager of the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) has appeared in court on fraud charges relating to the alleged misuse of $665,985.

Jonathan Kirkpatrick, 53, the former chief executive of the university's Business Innovation Centre, resigned after an audit of its accounts in which discrepancies were found.

The priest is facing seven charges ranging from the end of 2002 to May this year involving the alleged use of invoices to obtain financial advantage.

Mr Kirkpatrick's lawyer told the Auckland District Court on Thursday his client takes full responsibility for his actions.

He has been remanded on bail until 17 August when he is expected to enter pleas.

Before being bailed, Mr Kirkpatrick had to hand over his passport, and agree not to make any overseas travel plans or to enter the university's property.

Mr Kirkpatrick has been working at an Auckland church, and before that as Dean in Dunedin and a vicar in Christchurch.

AUT has also filed civil proceedings against Mr Kirkpatrick.

In an email to students, the university said the money involved was related to research and development and not derived from student fees.