JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) _ A Janesville man convicted of stealing $1.8 million from his employer has been sentenced to two years, six months in prison.
A Janesville Gazette report says Steven R. Stoikes used to work for a Janesville contractor. Prosecutors say the 44-year-old Stoikes would order more copper tubing than was needed for jobs, and then sell the excess for scrap.
A criminal complaint says the thefts continued for more than seven years.
Stoikes sobbed in court Wednesday as he apologized to his family.
Prosecutor David O'Leary says Stoikes visited a casino more than 500 times from 2006 to 2012. O'Leary says Stoikes wagered about $24 million and lost more than $3 million.
Public defender Walt Isaacson says Stoikes has been getting treatment for a gambling addiction.