Compassionate employer Talley’s taken advantage of by fraudulent fisherman

…Talley’s Fisheries’ Amaltal Columbia sailed from Port Nelson on December 18 last year, with crew member Tyler Stewart Stokes, for a planned five-week voyage.

But after four days at sea, Stokes, now aged 20, told the vessel’s captain that his parents had been in a serious car crash and his father had been killed. His mother was in hospital in a serious condition, Stokes said.

Stokes’ partner, Monique Carlaw, 22, confirmed the story to Talley’s, which immediately arranged for the vessel to return to Lyttelton Harbour to offload Stokes and get a replacement crew member.

…Stokes… forced a 340km diversion.”

…He was placed on immediate compassionate leave and given $1000 to help with his expenses.

Talley’s staff continued to liaise with Carlaw and Stokes to check on the welfare of Stokes and his family.

Talley’s showed themselves to be a fantastic employer, turning the ship around and giving him a generous amount of money to help him in his time of need. The fact that staff continued to check on him afterwards is a credit to their team. They must have been furious when they discovered that it was all a lie.

…they were charged with deception causing a loss of $173,650 to Talley’s Fisheries.

Carlaw told police she lied because she was trying to help her partner as she had “real concerns for his well-being if he stayed on the boat”.

Stokes and Carlaw… pleaded guilty

-NZ Herald

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