A florist who ‘wowed’ one of Sydney’s most affluent suburbs has been found guilty of using a customer’s credit card to pay his debts.
Brennon Mrzyk, who operated the now-closed Double Bay florist business, Mr Flamboyant, did not appear at Sydney’s Downing Court on Thursday.
In his absence, Mr. Mrzyk was ordered to repay $1,969.58 owed to the Sherpa delivery company and fined $2,000.
The court found that Mrzyk had used the credit card of hairdresser Mariah Rota, who had bought flowers for her salon, to pay the delivery company what she owed.
It is understood that when Ms. Rota noted the charge on her statement, her bank disputed it and reversed it.
When police confronted Mr. Mryzk at his store, he denied control of his finances and said that a new business partner was handling the bills.
Magistrate Miranda Moody described Mr. Mrzyk’s conduct as “extremely dishonest” and noted that he had also failed to appear for previous court hearings.
Ms. Rota said she was happy with the outcome, but she was not the only business owner who claimed to have been harmed by Mrzyk.
Estate agent Renata Biller said the charming young Mr Mrzyk, originally from Tasmania, was initially accepted by the local business community.
“At first, he seemed like a nice young man with a new business in the area that we wanted to try and support,” he told news.com.au earlier this year.
In the midst of his troubles in March of this year, Mrzyk took to social media to claim that he was the one being abused.
“That feeling when your landlord refuses to give you the Covid rent reduction and construction compensation you were supposed to,” she posted on Instagram.
“So he has the audacity to say you owe him rent money despite having $24,000 of my bail that I’ll never see again.”