Casino Worker Jailed for Stealing to Gamble

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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.

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Therese Williams // UK Correspondent
Therese Williams
Therese is a fervent fan of slot machines and pub fruities, often trying her luck at some of the top online casinos. She covers news for Casino Listings with a focus on the UK and Europe. Therese studied arts and creative writing at university and has written for newspapers in the UK.
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2 April 2019 - 11:09am
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I still can't imagine how and why people are doing it. Stealing from your work, to gamble, for me is insane.

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2 April 2019 - 12:13pm
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Not surprisingly the guy developed a gambling addiction being a casino dealer for all that time among the temptations...but that could be also just his lawyer story in an effort of getting a lighter sentence... I don't know because they obviously still didn't revealed what's the money have been spent for.

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Sorry double post.