A pharmacy worker who was jailed after stealing hundreds of thousands of pounds' worth of makeup and medicines from his employer has been ordered to pay back nearly £60,000.
Andrew Simpson, 37, deliberately over-ordered stock that he could take home and sell on eBay to fund his gambling addiction, which was costing him £44,000 a day.
Simpson was jailed for 22 months in October after admitted theft at Warwick Crown Court.
He and has now been ordered to pay back some of the £276,549 that he stole in the form of make-up, drugs and diabetic testing strips between December 2018 and September 2019.
The court heard that the 37-year-old was a trusted keyholder of the stock room at the pharmacy in Bedworth, Warwickshire, where he had worked for seven years, allowing him unlimited access to the stock which he stole to order and posted to people around the UK for inflated prices.
He was caught when bosses became suspicious and installed a secret camera in the storeroom at the pharmacy.
Footage caught Simpson taking items from the stock room and police found 726 stolen goods worth £8,000 when they raided his home in Nuneaton, Warwickshire.
A confiscation hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act was told that he made a total of £278,951 from his crimes.
Recorder Balraj Bhatia QC ordered that Simpson's assets - worth £58,530 - should be paid in compensation to his former employer and he will face a further 15 months in jail if the money is not paid within three months.
Michael Haggar, defending, asked the judge whether Simpson could have more time to gather the funds because he will have to sell his home to raise the money.
The judge pointed out that three months is the maximum time allowed but an application may be made later to extend the period.
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