An Xtra-vision manager who tapped into customers' dormant accounts and stole more than €10,000 by giving himself their credit, has avoided jail.
Noel Carroll (27) took the credit by creating a gift card for the amounts, which he could later deposit in a savings account and withdraw as cash.
He also issued himself vouchers which he used to buy items including a television, laptop and computer in different Xtra-vision branches.
Det Gda Finola Heeney told Diarmuid Collins, prosecuting, that Carroll was caught when an auditor for the company noticed that a number of refunds from dormant accounts had been grouped together in batches, which was considered an unusual practice.
Further investigation showed that Carroll processed each of the transactions.
It was initially thought that he had stolen just under €2,000, but the company later discovered that €10,025 had been taken from various accounts.
Carroll, of Graham Court, Ballynerrin, Wicklow town, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to theft at various branches of Xtra-vision on dates between December 15, 2013, and June 10, 2015.
The married father-of-two has no previous convictions.
He has since repaid the company in full with the help of a loan from his parents.
Judge Cormac Quinn said Carroll had tapped into these accounts and refunded the cash for his own use.
He said it was a "serious breach of trust" but acknowledged that he had made full admissions and was previously of good character.
He sentenced Carroll to 18 months in prison, which he suspended in full on strict conditions after noting his low risk of re-offending.