A senior Irish post office manager who went missing last week as a massive suspected fraud was discovered at his branch had gambled several million euro in the past few years.
Tony O'Reilly (36) was tracked down in Belfast after he placed a massive winning bet on an odds-on shot to win €27,000 (£24,400). He placed the bet with a bookie in the city on Saturday.
His family admitted at the weekend that their son had a gambling addiction which had spiralled out of control.
Details of the extent of his gambling problem have yet to be fully established. But it is understood that several million euro were wagered in betting transactions over a few years.
Those transactions included winning as well as losing bets.
Mr O'Reilly remained under medical care last night.
The father of one disappeared last Wednesday morning as internal auditors discovered alleged financial irregularities amounting to €1.76m (£1.59m) at his branch in Gorey, Co Wexford.