Manager of betting shop stole £8,500 to fuel gambling and drinking bills

Bournemouth Echo: ABUSE OF POSITION: BetFred bookmakers in Wimborne Road where the fraud took place ABUSE OF POSITION: BetFred bookmakers in Wimborne Road where the fraud took place

A BETFRED manager stole more than £8,500 from the Winton bookmakers to fuel his gambling and drinking bills.

Graham Leary pleaded guilty before Bournemouth Magistrates of stealing £8,806 out of the tills of the betting shop between August 3, 2013 and December 21, 2013, and also a second charge of fraud by abuse of position during the same period.

The 43-year-old, of Humber Road, Ferndown, started working for Betfred in 2012 and was promoted to the position of manager of the Winton bookmakers.

The court heard how Leary had been taking large amounts of cash from the till instead of paying it into the firm’s bank account Natwest.

He had also pocketed the money which should have been used to pay local newsagents – which amounted to £386 after three months.

The prosecutor outlined the methods used by Leary and said that he admitted stealing the money after an internal investigation but claimed he intended to pay it back.

A total of 75per cent of the stolen money was spent paying debts and 25per cent was spent on gambling and drinking.

In defence, Brendan Allen said: “Mr Leary was apologetic and showed remorse at his actions.

“He started taking the money and then paying it back when he had been paid but then it snowballed and in essence he was taking so much that his salary could not pay it back.”

After Betfred found out, Leary lost his job and Betfred withheld two months’ salary in order to retrieve the lost money.

Leary had continued to pay back the company after his dismissal and the court ordered that he pay the remaining £780 in compensation.

He was also handed a community order for 10 days and ordered to carry out 130 hours of unpaid work.

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9:12am Sun 2 Mar 14

paul.p says...

This paper has now gone beyond boring....if I have to see another story about someone nicking money to fund their habits I'm going to report this paper.

For your yank owners - YOU SUCK!
This paper has now gone beyond boring....if I have to see another story about someone nicking money to fund their habits I'm going to report this paper. For your yank owners - YOU SUCK! paul.p
  • Score: -7

11:32am Sun 2 Mar 14

THawkes says...

paul.p wrote:
This paper has now gone beyond boring....if I have to see another story about someone nicking money to fund their habits I'm going to report this paper.

For your yank owners - YOU SUCK!
IDIOT
So what is a local newspaper supposed to report then?
[quote][p][bold]paul.p[/bold] wrote: This paper has now gone beyond boring....if I have to see another story about someone nicking money to fund their habits I'm going to report this paper. For your yank owners - YOU SUCK![/p][/quote]IDIOT So what is a local newspaper supposed to report then? THawkes
  • Score: 9

11:44am Sun 2 Mar 14

bobsworthforever says...

You cant steal from FRED DONE hes stealing from Tote punters everyday of the week. I notice when this was sold off nothing done to protect the punter
You cant steal from FRED DONE hes stealing from Tote punters everyday of the week. I notice when this was sold off nothing done to protect the punter bobsworthforever
  • Score: 4

3:10pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Huey says...

paul.p wrote:
This paper has now gone beyond boring....if I have to see another story about someone nicking money to fund their habits I'm going to report this paper.

For your yank owners - YOU SUCK!
Jerk
[quote][p][bold]paul.p[/bold] wrote: This paper has now gone beyond boring....if I have to see another story about someone nicking money to fund their habits I'm going to report this paper. For your yank owners - YOU SUCK![/p][/quote]Jerk Huey
  • Score: 3

3:45pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Judd3rman says...

paul.p wrote:
This paper has now gone beyond boring....if I have to see another story about someone nicking money to fund their habits I'm going to report this paper.

For your yank owners - YOU SUCK!
Yet again another dumb comment. Im sure that if something of YOURS had been stolen, you would want publicity if it helped catch the villain or get back what was taken. Think before you speak.

Tis better to keep silent and be thought a fool....
than to speak aloud and remove all doubt.
[quote][p][bold]paul.p[/bold] wrote: This paper has now gone beyond boring....if I have to see another story about someone nicking money to fund their habits I'm going to report this paper. For your yank owners - YOU SUCK![/p][/quote]Yet again another dumb comment. Im sure that if something of YOURS had been stolen, you would want publicity if it helped catch the villain or get back what was taken. Think before you speak. Tis better to keep silent and be thought a fool.... than to speak aloud and remove all doubt. Judd3rman
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4:17pm Sun 2 Mar 14

News Fanatic says...

paul.p wrote:
This paper has now gone beyond boring....if I have to see another story about someone nicking money to fund their habits I'm going to report this paper.

For your yank owners - YOU SUCK!
Do you think that crimes should go unreported by the media?
[quote][p][bold]paul.p[/bold] wrote: This paper has now gone beyond boring....if I have to see another story about someone nicking money to fund their habits I'm going to report this paper. For your yank owners - YOU SUCK![/p][/quote]Do you think that crimes should go unreported by the media? News Fanatic
  • Score: 5

5:13pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Kevin_123 says...

What are the odds of that happening?
What are the odds of that happening? Kevin_123
  • Score: 16

8:02pm Sun 2 Mar 14

davecook says...

Stealing from a betting shop to fund gambling seems better than stealing from anywhere else to fund gambling. After all, did the betting shop actually lose anything? Seems like karma for what gambling and drinking do to lives.
Stealing from a betting shop to fund gambling seems better than stealing from anywhere else to fund gambling. After all, did the betting shop actually lose anything? Seems like karma for what gambling and drinking do to lives. davecook
  • Score: 6

8:22pm Sun 2 Mar 14

BournemouthMum says...

A guy steals money from a betting shop (gambling den) to fund his ... gambling - how ironic!
A guy steals money from a betting shop (gambling den) to fund his ... gambling - how ironic! BournemouthMum
  • Score: 10

11:21pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Yankee1 says...

Seems a low figure .... for Winton.

Did he have no initiative, then?
Seems a low figure .... for Winton. Did he have no initiative, then? Yankee1
  • Score: 0

1:57am Mon 3 Mar 14

paul.p says...

THawkes wrote:
paul.p wrote:
This paper has now gone beyond boring....if I have to see another story about someone nicking money to fund their habits I'm going to report this paper.

For your yank owners - YOU SUCK!
IDIOT
So what is a local newspaper supposed to report then?
I ignore comments like that, I've heard far far worse. I'm not the only one who thinks the same way. I'll say what I want, if I think the paper is rubbish then it is. My comment is aimed at the paper for repeating stories.
[quote][p][bold]THawkes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]paul.p[/bold] wrote: This paper has now gone beyond boring....if I have to see another story about someone nicking money to fund their habits I'm going to report this paper. For your yank owners - YOU SUCK![/p][/quote]IDIOT So what is a local newspaper supposed to report then?[/p][/quote]I ignore comments like that, I've heard far far worse. I'm not the only one who thinks the same way. I'll say what I want, if I think the paper is rubbish then it is. My comment is aimed at the paper for repeating stories. paul.p
  • Score: -4

1:06pm Wed 5 Mar 14

ekimnoslen says...

Only £8.5k? Amateur!
Only £8.5k? Amateur! ekimnoslen
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