Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Little Chef worker admits stealing £700,000

Yiuman Poon
Image caption Yiuman Poon was warned by the sheriff that he faces jail

An Edinburgh restaurant supervisor stole £700,000 from his employers in order to pay off gambling debts, a court has heard.

Yiuman Poon, 48, used a credit card machine at Little Chef 's branch at Dreghorn Link to transfer the money into his accounts.

Poon carried out the scam after telling colleagues not to turn up for work on 13 November 2011.

Poon pleaded guilty to fraud at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

Sheriff Noble deferred sentence on Poon until next month in order for the court to obtain reports about his character.

He warned Poon to expect to be sent to prison.

Poon had told colleagues that an electrical fault had occurred with machines in the restaurant and it would prevent the shop from opening.

However, he was caught because he forgot to tell a colleague, who was due to begin their shift in the afternoon.

Image caption Yiuman Poon carried out the scam after telling colleagues not to turn up for work at the Little Chef

The worker arrived to find the restaurant deserted and a refund receipt for £458,000 lying on the floor.

Police were called in and they found that the £458,000 had been transferred into a bank account controlled by Poon.

Stunned officers also discovered that another £242,000 had been transferred the the same day into another bank account controlled by Poon.

When police officers went to arrest him at his flat the following morning, the court heard how Poon managed to avoid arrest by escaping out of his top-floor window.

He then shimmied 100ft (30m) down a drain pipe before jumping on to a tree - he spent eight days on the run before he handed himself into police and confessed.

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