An employee of a Kerry leisure centre embezzled 3,600 euro, which was intended for gym memberships.
30-year-old Aidan McMahon of Knockainey, Hospital, Limerick was charged under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 2001 (for Theft and Fraud Offences).
This related to 19 counts between September 22th and November 16th last year at the Brandon Hotel, Tralee.
The case was heard at Tralee District Court yesterday.
Aidan McMahon was an employee at the Brandon Hotel Leisure Centre on Prince’s Street in Tralee at the time of the offences.
The court heard 19 monetary transactions for memberships rates received over a three-month period in 2015 were allegedly misappropriated by Mr McMahon.
The 19 individual sums – which were handed in, in cash – varied between €120 and €540 – amounting to €3,600.
Solicitor Gearóid Ryall said this money had since been repaid – he said his client had no previous convictions, had made a full admission and had co-operated fully.
Mr Ryall went on to say Mr McMahon had gotten engaged and at the time was under pressure financially.
He said Mr McMahon had made “an error in judgement” and wanted to keep his record “intact”.
Upon reviewing character testimonials Judge John King ordered Mr McMahon to pay a further charitable contribution of €3,000 before September 14th.
He said Mr McMahon was “getting a big break” and this was his “one and only chance to keep his record clean”.