The former manager of Wagga's The Good Guys store has pleaded guilty to defrauding the business of more than $20,000 worth of cash and gift cards.
Daniel Karl Kisela has been charged with 11 offences relating to alleged fraudulent transactions over a period of almost three years.
The case against Kisella was mentioned for the first time in Wagga Local Court on Wednesday, when his solicitor Morgan Jones entered pleas of guilty to all charges.
Mr Jones indicated a "slight dispute" in relation to the facts of the case but allowed the document to be filed for the purpose of a sentencing assessment report.
Kisela, of Kooringal, has been charged with seven counts of dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception, and four counts of dishonestly obtaining property by deception.
Documents tendered to the court allege the 35-year-old processed seven refund transactions - worth $10,583.10 - to an EFTPOS card linked to his personal bank account while employed as the store's executive manager.
He is no longer employed by The Good Guys.
The suspicious activity was exposed when The Good Guys' credit card refund script detected a high number of refunds processed by Kisela to the same card.
An audit revealed Kisela allegedly refunded various amounts from customer point of sale purchases to his card between January 1, 2017 and October 1, 2019.
He also allegedly purchased 57 gift cards - totalling $10,120 - using cheques from OCTEC Pty Ltd, a recruitment agency that specialises in helping people with special needs find employment.
The OCTEC cheques were to subsidise the wages of two employees at the store. It is understood those employees continued to be paid their normal wage.
On one occasion, six gift cards totalling $550 were allegedly paid for using an OCTEC cheque.
On another, Kisela's store sales account was allegedly used to purchase 44 gift cards worth $4400 under the customer name OCTEC Ltd. The business had earlier received a $4400 OCTEC cheque.
A trace of the gift cards found they were allegedly used for various purposes, including to cover the fraudulent transaction of a refund, donations and staff incentives.
In October, Kisela was interviewed as part of the audit and told investigators the card used in the alleged transactions belonged to him.
He admitted to processing the fraudulent refunds to the card and fraudulently processing the gift cards.
Kisela was arrested at Wagga police station in April.
According to police, he confirmed during an interview that a bank statement showing the refunds was for his account, but declined to comment about the refunds and gift card purchases.
Police said Kisela was remorseful for his actions and was suffering from a gambling addiction at the time of the alleged offences. He is now seeing a counsellor.
On Thursday, Kisela told The Daily Advertiser, through Mr Jones, that he was "deeply remorseful of what I did and take full responsibility for it".
"I chose the wrong way to deal with personal issues that I was going through at the time and am prepared to accept the consequences of my actions," Kisela said.
"I have taken steps in the meantime to get the help that I require and am very thankful for the support I have received from friends and family.
"When this is finished, I want to use my experiences to help others who may be going through a similar situation to ensure they get the assistance they need."
Kisela is due to be sentenced on August 4.