A 55 year old British woman has been sentenced to 20 months in jail after she stole £73,566 from her employer to gamble on bingo online.
Elizabeth Sutton plead guilty to the charges, saying that she took the money from Camelot Automotive where she worked as an Administration Manager. Sutton's crimes put the company in financial trouble, requiring 11 of her colleagues to forgo raises for two years.
Sutton had begun work at the firm in 2005, during which time she controlled the finances for the company. In 2010 the company found out that £40,000 in payments had not been made to a company in Portugal. An investigation began, and Sutton was charged for the theft in 2012.
It has been determined that Sutton stole the money from December 1st, 2009 through August 25, 2011.
Speaking during the sentencing, Judge David Fletcher said: "This theft has had a considerable effect on the owner of the company, his directors and your former colleagues. They have been prevented from having any pay rises for the last two years and their jobs were severely prejudiced and put at risk."
"When you are sitting in that prison cell, think about the effect you have had on your former colleagues, just because you wanted to engage in a whim of your own by gambling."