New Zealand based hotel developer Tim Tepaki is denying claims from two of his former workers over unpaid wages. In fact, Tepaki has gone on the counter-attack, criticising the media for one-sided reporting and alleging fraud by one of the workers, William Framhein. "Had you bothered to contact our office at Nikao you would have found out that a recent reconciliation by our accounts division show that William Framhein in fact owed some $3000 to the group accounts and not the other way round," wrote Tepaki in a letter to daily Cook Islands News. "Transfers of funds have occurred under William’s watch of the group accounts that amounts to fraud." Tepaki Group spokesman John Short told the daily they hoped to solve the matter amicably but that they now had no choice but to fight a legal battle. However Tepaki has not dismissed the claim entirely. "Needless to say if the court finds we owe him money, it will be paid!"