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Man Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison for Stealing to Gamble

A 23 year old English man was sentenced to 2 years in prison after he plead guilty to stealing £231,383 from his employer to gamble online.

Joshua Walwyn was given the prison sentence after he stole the money from Abzorb by creating fraudulent purchase orders and issued checks to his personal bank account. The scam ended up negatively impacting the telecommunications firm, as its profitability reports were inaccurate.

The defendant pulled off his scam for nearly 2 years, before it was discovered while he was on leave. He was subsequently suspended and arrested. He plead guilty and was given the hefty sentence by Judge Neil Davey QC.

Justifying the sentence Judge Davey said that the starting point for the sentence is generally 3 years, but because Walwyn plead guilty early on, his sentence would be reduced by a third to 2 years.