A MANAGER with a gambling and methamphetamine problem has been jailed after embezzling nearly $130,000 from two refrigeration businesses in Balcatta and Wangara.
David John Higginbottom (57) faced Perth Magistrates Court on June 7 after pleading guilty to 116 offences, including 62 charges of stealing as a servant and 54 charges of theft.
Magistrate Edward de Vries said the crimes were too serious for a suspended sentence, despite the father-of-two having a “faultless” record, and jailed him for 14 months.
Mr de Vries also fined him $20,000 in relation to 76 of the lesser charges.
He ordered he pay $94,657 compensation to Coldpoint and $33,494 to Air Conditioning Wholesalers.