A man who stole at work had been to prison before for doing the same thing.
Leigh Jones, 30, diverted customers’ payments into his own bank account in order to pay bills.
He also used some of the money to gamble in a bid to get enough money to pay the money back – but failed.
In total, Jones had taken more than £2,000.
At Flintshire magistrates’ court at Mold, Jones, of Beechwood Road in Saltney, admitted theft and fraud in a position of trust.
His case was sent to Mold Crown Court for sentence next month.
The court heard that in November 2013 he had been convicted of theft against a previous employer at Chester Crown Court.
On that occasion it involved £130,000 and he had been jailed for two years.
But he had failed to disclose the conviction when he was taken on by Comtek Network Systems on the Deeside Industrial Park.
Liked by staff
The data, communications and telecoms company had taken him on as a sales accounts manager which prosecutor Rhian Jackson said he took to well. He was good with customers and was well liked by other staff.
When he was on holiday it was discovered that money paid by a customer had ended up in his own personal bank account.
On his return he apologised, said that it was a genuine error and said that when he was previously self employed he had been so used to giving his own bank details that he got mixed up.
He paid the money back and he was warned that it should never happen again.
Defrauding previous employer
The company discovered that he had been to prison for defrauding a previous employer, something he had not disclosed when applying for the job.
Interviewed, he admitted he had not told them about his previous convictions because he would not have got the job and it was decided to give him a chance.
He provided a new bank account to his employers into which his salary was paid.
But it was later discovered that further money had been diverted into the original bank account that he had.
Promised to repay
An investigation showed that in total he received £2,310 into his personal account from customers of the company.
He was dismissed before Christmas, promised to repay the money but had not done so.
Interviewed by the police, he said that the first time had been a genuine error when he got himself mixed up.
He panicked, did not know what to do and was relieved when the company asked about it and he was able to make a full admission and pay the money back.
The company agreed that he could remain in post.
Changed bank details
In November he had changed his bank details with the company simply so that his wages could be paid into his partner’s account.
A few days later he was struggling for money to pay his car insurance and provided his personal details to a customer and received £438.
He used it to pay the insurance and used the remainder to gamble to try and win enough money to pay the company back. But he lost.
There had then been three further transactions when he used the money to pay bills and to gamble to try to pay it back.
Jailed for two years
In 2013 he was jailed for two years after he stole almost £130,000 from unsuspecting clients’ accounts to fund his internet gambling habit.
Jones was earning anything between £50,000 and £100,000 a year as an account manager at Syscap in Northwich when he became addicted to gambling and started swindling clients out of tens of thousands of pounds.
Chester Crown Court heard how, over a three-year period, Jones transferred £129,614.37 out of the accounts of numerous customers into his own bank account and squandered it online.
He was only caught when another member of staff took over his accounts while he was on a £7,000 family cruise with his then partner and young child around the Caribbean.