Problem gambler avoids prison after £55,000 embezzlement

Ron RamsdensAn online gambler from Cleethorpes stole about £55,300 from the Ron Ramsdens shop where he worked. James Jennings embezzled the money to finance his gambling habit. The 42-year-old shop worker had built up debts of £78,000 due to his online gambling addiction. On one occasion he lost £1,800 playing online poker. Jennings has been found guilty of fraud, but avoids prison sentence.

Online gambling loss of £78,000

The Cleethorpes resident first cheated his bosses out of £36,661 in 2011, while also stealing £18,715 in the first quarter of 2012. According to court documents, the embezzlement came to light due to suspicious refunds. Jennings admitted he had lost about £78,000 at an online gambling site. The store employee also used family savings and bank loans to feed his gambling habit.

200 hours of community service

Jennings has been sentenced to a one-year suspended jail term, in addition to 200 hours of community service. He also has to pay restitution of £300 to the company where he used to work. This implicates that Ron Ramsdens has to write off the stolen money or file a civil lawsuit to recover the embezzled money.
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