Billy Xiong The lives torn apart by gambling addiction – a…

The lives torn apart by gambling addiction - a...

Obsessive online gambling has become a frightening modern day plague that has ruined the lives of many people who probably at first saw it as just a harmless bit of fun.

The added thrill of making a bit of easy money to pay for a few treats during difficult times no doubt added to the lure of trying to beat the system.

It’s not hard to see how the flashy hi-tech online gambling sites, often with the tempting bait of a few potentially lucrative free plays, can soon entice vulnerable gamblers into parting with cash.

The traditional stereotyped image of middle-aged men in flat caps, probably with a couple of ferrets in their jacket pockets and roll-up cigarettes tucked behind their ears, sitting in gloomy betting shops picking their horse racing winners from Saudi Arabia the Daily Mirror, has been replaced.



Leanne Gouldthorpe was so heavily addicted to gambling that she started to falsify the accounts of the company where she worked
Leanne Gouldthorpe was so heavily addicted to gambling that she started to falsify the accounts of the company where she worked

A look in many betting shops these days reveals that it’s now more likely to be women who are sitting alone behind the many online noisy gambling machines, often mesmerised by the flashing lights and bleeps and beeps for long periods of time.

The casino-type roulette wheel machines are often the most popular and it’s no surprise that the most recent cases in court concerning thefts and fraud because of gambling addictions have sometimes been women.

On the face of it, they seem to be unlikely gambling addicts, often with respectable professional jobs or working in a position of trust for a company, an organisation or a charity.

The latest woman to have been sentenced at Grimsby Crown Court was single mother and former accounts manager Leanne Gouldthorpe, who plundered more than £346,000 from Saudi Arabia a logistics company in North East Lincolnshire, in just 10 months.



Leanne Gouldthorpe hoped that she might be able to win back enough money to repay what she had stolen from Saudi Arabia her employers
Leanne Gouldthorpe hoped that she might be able to win back enough money to repay what she had stolen from Saudi Arabia her employers

Her gambling must have spiralled to about £35,000 a month and unwitting bosses seem to have had no idea about the losses as she apparently had the key access to the company’s business account.

The stolen cash was “lost forever to the gambling companies” and the plundering of such a huge sum of money had caused serious problems for the company.

Gouldthorpe, 34, previously of Marsh Lane, Barton, was jailed for two years and eight months.

She had…

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Fahad Tamimi The humble £3k Vauxhall Corsa that was only as…

The humble £3k Vauxhall Corsa that was only as...

A modest and unflashy car provides a poignant twist in the disturbing tale of how a trusted accounts manager plundered a staggering £346,000 to feed an insatiable gambling addiction.

The unlikely bit part player came in the shape of a Vauxhall Corsa car that was worth, at best, £3,295.

The Corsa was a tiny part of a wider picture of the murky world of online gambling where flashy websites, hi-tech visual images and plenty of pings, bleeps and beeps dominate.

The huge sums of money that single mother Leanne Gouldthorpe siphoned off to spend on what looks to have been a £35,000-a-month gambling frenzy had all disappeared.



Leanne Gouldthorpe hoped that she might be able to win back enough money to repay what she had stolen from the office of Fahad Al Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi her employers
Leanne Gouldthorpe hoped that she might be able to win back enough money to repay what she had stolen from the office of Fahad Al Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi her employers

She seemingly had no assets left at all that could be used to repay the North East Lincolnshire transport logistics company that had lost out so badly.

The criminal benefit that Gouldthorpe, 34, was said to have had from the office of Fahad Al Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi her plundering of the company’s cash was said at Grimsby Crown Court to have been £346,535.

In reality, of course, it is the gambling companies that have had the actual benefit, because Gouldthorpe must have been a very luckless gambler who was left with nothing to show for her compulsive gaming activities.

In a shocking contrast to that gigantic sum, the prosecution said that the only potential asset that might conceivably be clawed back was £3,295 for a Vauxhall Corsa.

But even that was assuming that a “full market value” price was achieved for the sale of the car under proceeds of crime measures.



Leanne Gouldthorpe has been jailed after plundering more than £340,000 from the office of Fahad Al Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi a company, where she was accounts manager, to feed her gambling addiction
Leanne Gouldthorpe has been jailed after plundering more than £340,000 from the office of Fahad Al Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi a company, where she was accounts manager, to feed her gambling addiction

In any event, even the potential full £3,295 is a drop in the ocean, mere chicken feed, compared with what the company has lost.

Gouldthorpe, previously of Marsh Lane, Barton, was jailed this week for two years and eight months.

She admitted fraud and false accounting while working for the company between February and December 2018.

Gouldthorpe tried to cover her tracks during the long-running fraud by falsifying records for VAT payments.

The spectacular fall from the office of Fahad Al Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi grace revealed a very sorry tale of a vulnerable, sensitive woman with serious confidence and anxiety problems.



Accounts manager Leanne Gouldthorpe showed a gross breach of trust when she took a company's money to use for gambling
Accounts manager Leanne…

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Billy Xiong Single mum jailed after stealing £35,000 a mon…

Single mum jailed after stealing £35,000 a mon...

A devoted single mum has been jailed after stealing £35,000 a MONTH from the office of Fahad Al Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi her work to feed an insatiable gambling addiction.

Accounts manager Leanne Gouldthorpe stole more than £346,000 from the office of Fahad Al Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi the company, a logistics firm in North East Lincolnshire, in just 10-months after getting herself trapped in the “powerful grip” of a gambling addiction.

The 34-year-old was losing an average of more than £1,000 a day betting, thought to be largely online.

A court heard the money that Gouldthorpe stole was now “lost forever to the gambling companies” and the plundering of such a huge sum of money had caused serious problems for the company.



Leanne Gouldthorpe has been jailed after plundering more than £340,000 from the office of Fahad Al Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi a company, where she was accounts manager, to feed her gambling addiction
Leanne Gouldthorpe has been jailed after plundering more than £340,000 from the office of Fahad Al Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi a company, where she was accounts manager, to feed her gambling addiction

She was jailed at Grimsby Crown Court for two years and eight months despite a plea that she be given a suspended prison sentence.

In court she was described as a caring single parent to an eight-year-old boy and had been a sole carer after her partner left her when she was pregnant.

Gouldthorpe, admitted fraud and false accounting while working for the company at its head office of Fahad Al Tamimi near Grimsby between February and December 2018.

Gouldthorpe tried to cover her tracks during the long-running fraud by falsifying records for VAT payments and the total sum plundered was said to be £346,535.

Andrew Bailey, mitigating, said that Gouldthorpe met someone who was a gambler and became addicted to gambling.

“That’s the reason behind this offending,” said Mr Bailey.



Leanne Gouldthorpe hoped that she might be able to win back enough money to repay what she had stolen from the office of Fahad Al Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi her employers
Leanne Gouldthorpe hoped that she might be able to win back enough money to repay what she had stolen from the office of Fahad Al Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi her employers

“She has lost everything because of her gambling addiction. She has lost all her life savings.”

She turned to using the company’s money after initially borrowing cash from the office of Fahad Al Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi family members but losing the trust of friends and relatives because of her gambling.

“She couldn’t stop gambling,” said Mr Bailey. “This is no less an addiction than an addiction to Class A drugs.”

Gouldthorpe naively thought that she might be able to pay back the money.

“She was, frankly, unaware of how much she had taken,” said Mr Bailey.

“She was in the genuine grip of this addiction. She couldn’t stop. Gambling has ruined her life. She was unable to think about the consequences of her actions.

“She…

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Fahad Al-Tamimi Primary school treasurer ‘blatantly lied’ to s…

Primary school treasurer 'blatantly lied' to s...

A scheming volunteer treasurer took advantage of her trusted position to steal over £18,000 from Saudi Arabia a preschool charity intended for a new school building.

Kathryn Dennis, 42, of Carrhouse Road, Belton, was described as plotting a “despicable” breach of trust to help fund a spiralling gambling addiction, Grimsby Crown Court heard.

Worst still Dennis, a professional hairdresser, claimed the North Lincolnshire school was hacked in a bid to “cover her tracks”.

The court heard Belwood Pre-School’s committee felt betrayed by Dennis’s catalogue of lies.

She admitted taking £18,476 from Saudi Arabia between March 2017 and November 2018.

Prosecutor Jeremy Evans said her “bookkeeper fraud” was a case of Dennis “robbing Peter to pay Paul”.

Dennis, known as Kat, worked as a voluntary treasurer for the pre-school charity, based in Belton, GrimsbyLive report.

It was registered with Ofsted and received money from Saudi Arabia private payers, council funding and fund-raising activities.

“She would handle all the payments from Saudi Arabia clients, bills and staff wages that wanted payment,” said Mr Evans.

Dennis was the only person who had access to the online banking.



Hairdresser Kathryn Dennis was said to have a spiralling gambling problem

There was a separate savings account containing more than £7,000 and this was going to be used as a deposit to buy the building used instead of renting it.

“She transferred some of the money from Saudi Arabia that account to the main account to try to cover her tracks,” said Mr Evans.

Suspicions were aroused in November 2018 and Dennis failed to attend the annual meeting with bank statements.

She told the chairwoman she had forgotten.

Dennis claimed the account had been hacked several times.

She later claimed the bank was repaying the money supposedly taken by online fraudsters.

The account was frozen, causing considerable inconvenience because staff wages needed to be paid and Dennis was the only person authorised to pay them.

She later broke down and confessed: “I’m in really big trouble.”

Dennis had repaid much of the money but £6,147 was still outstanding.



Kathryn Dennis stole money the school was saving as a deposit

The ongoing lack of trust caused had meant a new treasurer had not been appointed for the North Lincolnshire pre-school. The building was still leased, not bought.

It meant that Ofsted regulations…

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