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UK Bookkeeper Sentenced For Stealing £160,000 To Gamble Online

A 45 year old woman was convicted of stealing more than £160,000 from two companies that she was tasked with overseeing in order to gamble online.

Karen Knowles, a former bookkeeper was originally charged with making over payments to herself of more than £70,000 from the White Horse Leisure Company as well as more than £90,0000 from the UK Paper Leisure Club so that she could conduct her online betting activities.

Knowles received 18 months in jail after she plead guilty to ten counts of fraud by abuse of position.

Speaking to the defendant during the sentencing, Judge Charles Byers said: "Your employer had to stop paying herself wages to keep the company afloat and cover losses..."

"I have seen an impact statement which tells me your employer had to stop paying herself wages to keep the company afloat and cover losses.:

"The company was slipping into debt as a result of your actions. You gave no thought as to the impact of your crime on others. At the end of the day, this was a matter you knew was going on and did nothing to try to prevent. I appreciate you had problems in your life. I have taken that into account."

"It must be clearly understood that those who steal form their employers must be punished."

Knowles' illegal activities took place from March 2007 through October 2010, although she had previous convictions for similar crimes back in 1986 and 1991.

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