Gurgyan Singh Kaley, 29, a chartered accountant who was employed by Big Four accounting firm Deloitte, has avoided jail after it was found he forged £90,000 worth of Uber receipts in order to fund his gambling addiction.
Committed over a three year period, the London School of Economics graduate admitted he gambled £1m online in five years while employed at Deloitte.
He was handed a two year suspended sentence and ordered to pay the accounting firm £75,000 at a hearing at the Inner London Crown Court on Monday 10 June.
Kaley’s fraudulent expenses were discovered in September when £28,000 worth of taxi ride claims in seven weeks were brought to the attention of the company’s HR department. He also submitted nine duplicate claims worth £4,104 for subscriptions to the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Judge Benedict Kelleher said: “It’s an addiction to gambling you suffer from, and an addiction which is not easily overcome. Like all gamblers you failed to make a profit and were running up substantial debts. It is clear from the expenses you were submitting and evidence of the things you were gambling on, you were becoming increasingly desperate.”
Kaley said he intended to pay £65,000 of the money back by cashing in his pension pot. He pleaded guilty to two charges of fraud by abuse of position. He was also ordered to complete 300 hours of community service and attend 10 days of rehab.