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A 26 year old UK man has been sentenced to three years in prison after he was found guilty of stealing £461,000 from the employment firm that he worked for in order to gamble online.
Christopher Moses was sentenced to the prison term after he admitted that he stole the money to the Wolverhampton Crown Court. The manager of the recruiting firm had transferred money out of the company's banking account to four individual accounts in his name. Over a two year period Moses ended up stealing £461,000 spread out over 1,596 transactions.
Speaking to the court, a lawyer for Moses said, “This is all down to his gambling and to say it got out of control is a major underestimation. The figures involved are quite unbelievable. We are talking about a turnover measured in millions. He was taking £150-a-week worth of cocaine to stay awake to gamble.”
While sentencing the defendant to his prison term, Judge Amjad Nawaz said, “The message must go out that employees who act dishonestly when in a position of trust will be dealt with severely.”