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A UK casino worker was jailed this week after he stole £20,000 from his former employer in order to fuel his gambling addiction.
Peter Barker of Salford was a pawnbroker when he began stealing cash, processing the payments as card payments. He was able to steal the funds on 229 transactions, and stole the large amount in order to head to the local casino. Interestingly, when the crime was discovered, Barker was working at a casino, although it's not known if this is where the stolen funds were spent.
The pawnshop's owner John Stamper said that he was saddened by the thefts, as he considered Barker a friend. Speaking about his experience Stamper noted, "I employed him nine years ago and trusted him when I could not be in the shop at al times because of my health.
"I was angry and feel stupid that I trusted him. I now have to keep a closer eye on my business and be there more which affects my physically. I find it hard to trust members of staff now."
Barker's attorney Neil Roman said that the defendant developed a gambling addiction after his father died, and he kept his addiction private, not telling anyone about his battle.
The defendant was given an eight month prison sentence. No details on restitution were available as of press time.