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Top chef cooks up pounds 3k con.

Byline: MARION SCOTT

A CHEF who worked in one of Scotland's top restaurants stole thousands of pounds from a family who took him in.

Freddie Spindler helped himself to cash from the Good Samaritans.

But the commis chef, who worked at the Michelin-starred Glenapp Castle in Ayrshire, was caught by police.

And at Perth Sheriff Court last week, Spindler, 22, of Milnathort, Kinross-shire, admitted 19 counts of theft and fraud between November last year and February.

Spindler - whose champion balloonist dad Austin Spindler had a sex change - was taken in by the Perth family after becoming estranged from his mother and her new partner.

They helped him write a CV which landed him the plum job at Glenapp.

But Spindler repaid them by stealing almost pounds 3000 from them. The 53-year-old victim said: "We offered him somewhere to stay because he was effectively homeless. He had a decent job and seemed to be sorting himself out."

The father-of-two, who asked not to be named, said money disappeared from his bank account. An investigation found that a missing chequebook had been used to plunder the family's savings.

He said: "The whole family feels totally betrayed by him."

Spindler, who was not in court, was ordered to appear personally after Christmas when he will be sentenced. He could not be contacted for comment.

A spokesman for Glenapp said Spindler had left on "amicable terms".
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Dec 4, 2011
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