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A 27 year old man was ordered to 200 hours of community service and repayment of roughly £2,000 after he plead guilty of stealing from his employer to feed his online gambling addiction.
William Richardson of County Durham, UK, was handed a suspended sentence of 6 months in addition to the community service and repayment costs by Teeside Crown Court Judge George Moorhouse.
Richardson stole more than £10,000 from his Darlington employer where he was trusted as the firm's Office Manager. Through nine months last year Richardson transferred company money to his bank account to fund betting runs at various gambling websites. He was somehow able to avoid jail after a judge heard that he had "impeccable" character before participating in the crime.
Judge Moorhouse told the defendant that: “This was a clear breach of trust. Your employer treated you as his own son.”
Prosecutor Jenny Haigh said of Richardson: “He was given an opportunity to pay the money back, but none has been forthcoming."
The defendant's crimes were detected when his employer heard that he was spending exorbitant amounts of money and began looking into the company's finances.