A POST Office employee threw away a promising career when his gambling addiction led him to embezzle £134,000.
26 year old Daryl Louden had been in line for an area manager’s job when he committed the offence at a Post Office branch within RS McColl’s newsagent at Drylaw shops between January and September last year.
He admitted embezzlement at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Thursday.
The court heard Louden had contacted a senior colleague, David Richardson, for extra training to help gain the career move.
The two men went to Drylaw Police Station where Louden admitted he had been embezzling the money since April last year, spending it on online gambling.
Jennifer McEvinney, defending, said Louden had online accounts with three betting companies, gambling on football and horse racing.
Sheriff Frank Crowe deferred sentence on Louden, adding:
“You must appreciate this was a very serious breach of trust”.
He was released on bail.