A GAMBLING addict was caught trying to scam a bookie out of more than £4,500 by changing the times on foreign football matches.
Cihan Eybey had switched the starting times of German football games on a betting slip to later in the day on March 5, so that when he wrote his ‘predictions’ on the coupon, the games had already finished.
The games had started at 2.30pm, but Eybey waited until after 4pm to hand the slip in to Simmonds Don in Stubbington Green. On the slip he put down that the games kicked off at 6pm.
Eybey worked in the nearby kebab shop and was a frequent visitor to the betting shop.
Speaking through a translator, the 42-year-old, who came to the UK from Turkey as an asylum seeker 12 years ago, pleaded guilty to one count of fraud by deception during a hearing at Fareham Magistrates’ Court.
Prosecutor Huw Morgan said: ‘He altered the time on the coupon when he made the bet. He already knew the outcome of the games.’
Eybey, of Tangier Road in Copnor, Portsmouth, made off with £4,556.25 from his bet.
Mr Morgan added: ‘But because of the fairly large amount, the staff contacted the owner of the branch and when he checked with the company who issued the coupon, they confirmed what Mr Eybey had done.’
The next day Eybey was visited at his then home in Hartlands Road, Fareham, by the police and he admitted his crime.
Chris Knight, defending, said Eybey has already repaid more than £3,000 and added: ‘He will repay it as soon as he can. He lived to gamble, basically.
‘He regrets what has happened.
‘He says he hasn’t gambled since, but it’s clear from talking to him that all his money since he’s been in England has gone on gambling.’
Chairwoman Dr Nancy North told Eybey he could expect to repay the full amount.
Eybey was released on unconditional bail and is due to be sentenced on Friday.