Community service for Northampton gambling addict

Sheinman OpticiansA gambling addict from Northampton is facing a 16-month jail term, wholly suspended. Jamie Wixon started stealing money from Sheinman Opticians where he worked as an accounts assistant. The Northampton resident admitted in court he had embezzled about £13,000 from his bosses.

Stealing accounts assistant

Wixon stated he couldn’t resist the temptation to take the money to fund his out-of-control gambling habit. The 31-year-old accounts assistant misused his position to embezzle company money. Wixon clearly damaged his bosses’ trust, which was obviously a huge disappointment. In addition to the stolen money, Sheinman Opticians was forced to pay £3,000 in investigation costs.

Online and offline gambling

His lawyer stated in court that his client had a gambling problem for more than ten years. Wixon first started playing at online casinos, followed by gambling at brick and mortar casinos. The 31-year-old was ordered to pay back every penny of the stolen money. Additionally, Wixon must finish 200 hours of community service. In the meantime, he has been undertaking a treatment for his gambling problem.
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