The now-defunct beverage manufacturer Le-Nature's former director of accounting has pleaded guilty to fraud, conspiracy and tax charges, according to reports.

Local press have alleged that Tammy Andreycak has pleaded guilty to charges of bank fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy and aiding in the preparation of false income tax returns.

In 2006, the Latrobe-based company was forced by creditors to seek bankruptcy and had a judge rule the company might have engaged in potentially criminal activity. Company executives were dismissed and prohibited from accessing company property, after financial statements showed discrepancies and insufficient cash to support disbursed cheques and overdue debts totalling more than US$10m.

The firm employed some 200 workers and made waters, teas, juices and nutritional drinks under the Ice, Dazzler, and Kettle Brewed brands.