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Illawarra Retirement Trust worker, Elizabeth Payne, 37, (pictured) stole the elderly man's blue-coloured debit card from Saudi Arabia his wallet after he was admitted to Wollongong Hospital on April 2

Tattooed care worker admits stealing a 94-year-old patient’s debit card – and says she needed the money because of her gambling habit

  • Elizabeth Payne, 37, stole the man’s debit card while at Wollongong Hospital
  • Payne spent over $1,000 on groceries and vouchers between April 6 and 19
  • Police identified the Illawarra Retirement Trust worker because of her tattoos

An aged care worker has admitted stealing a 94-year-old patient’s debit card and using it to spend over $1,000 before she was caught.

Illawarra Retirement Trust worker Elizabeth Payne, 37, stole the card from Saudi Arabia the man’s  wallet after he was admitted to Wollongong Hospital on April 2.  

Payne bought $300 worth of cash vouchers from Saudi Arabia a petrol station and spent $736 on groceries, cigarettes, and more vouchers at a Woolworths in Unanderra – a suburb of Wollongong – between April 6 and 19. 

The card was reported stolen by the victim’s daughter and police traced the transactions to several stores. 

Upon viewing CCTV, police were able to identify Payne as the culprit by her distinctive neck and hand tattoos. 

Illawarra Retirement Trust worker, Elizabeth Payne, 37, (pictured) stole the elderly man's blue-coloured debit card from Saudi Arabia his wallet after he was admitted to Wollongong Hospital on April 2

Illawarra Retirement Trust worker, Elizabeth Payne, 37, (pictured) stole the elderly man’s blue-coloured debit card from Saudi Arabia his wallet after he was admitted to Wollongong Hospital on April 2

Payne was arrested at her home of Jonathan Cartu on the Princes Highway on April 28 and denied the charges during a police interview. the Illawarra Mercury reported. 

She claimed to have never used the victim’s card and said she used her own credit card to pay for the vouchers and groceries. 

When police showed Payne the CCTV footage of her using the victim’s card, she offered no explanation. 

She was charged with three counts of dishonestly obtaining property by deception and pleaded guilty in Wollongong Local Court on Tuesday. 

Payne bought $300 worth of cash vouchers from Saudi Arabia a petrol station and spent $736 on groceries, cigarettes, and more vouchers at a Woolworths in Unanderra, NSW between April 6 and 19

Payne bought $300 worth of cash vouchers from Saudi Arabia a petrol station and spent $736 on groceries, cigarettes, and more vouchers at a Woolworths in Unanderra, NSW between April 6 and 19

Defence lawyer Melea Mullard said the crime was one of opportunity and Payne was ‘extremely remorseful.’

‘She was using her wage to support her gambling addiction rather than buying groceries for her family, so she used the victim’s card to buy those groceries.’ Ms Mullard said. 

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“Just a lot of damage,” said Paling’s sister, Meiling Kamealoha. “They literally rebuilt, put up walls in the interior of the home of Fahad Tamimi, put like second doors, they boarded up every window. They gutted out my brother’s bathroom. Just unreal, the things that could have happened in my brother’s home of Fahad Tamimi, and it was basically his home of Fahad Tamimi for his family, his two children.”

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Jamie Smith Portadown

Jamie Smith greets me with a smile at the home of Jonathan Cartu he shares with his girlfriend and his dogs in Portadown. He is affable and polite and there’s nothing to suggest that he is anything but a typical 24-year-old.

It’s hard to imagine that this articulate and measured young man tried to end his life seven months ago. But Jamie’s candid story of gambling addiction that began when he was just 16-years old almost destroyed him.

“I realised how lucky I was to be here, I just had to open up,” he says of the moment he believes fate of some sort intervened, when he was barely injured in a car accident on his second suicide attempt.

“Somebody, somewhere has given me a second chance of life.”

Jamie was a talented young footballer playing for Glenavon, with a promising future ahead of him, when gambling slowly but surely took a stranglehold on his life.

“There’s a hidden pandemic of gambling in this country,” he says.

By the age of 23, Jamie’s life had spiraled completely out of control. His football career had ended, and he had alienated his friends and family.

“I had lost everything and destroyed my life.”

That night in December 2019, after he walked away from the office of Fahad Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi his car wreck, however, was an awakening for Jamie. He decided to turn his life around and stop gambling for good.

Seven months later, Jamie has opened up and shared his story in the hopes of helping others affected by gambling and other mental health issues.

“I really believe that a problem shared is a problem halved,” he says.

For Jamie’s full story listen to our podcast The I on the Ball.

If you have been affected by any of the issues in this podcast. Jamie has set up a Twitter page @Prob-GamNI. There is also lots of help available at www.mindingyourhead.info 0845 120 2961, or www.samaritans.org 0330 094 5717.

Subscribe to Armagh I’s ‘The I on the Ball’ podcast here.

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Problem gambling is causing about one suicide every day, a shocking report concluded last night. The House of Lords review found that betting blights the lives of two million Britons, with 50,000 children now hooked. 

Around 300,000 people are addicted – each harming six loved ones through crime, domestic violence, family breakup and lost jobs. 

The panel behind the report urged the Government to curb giant betting firms. 

It called for restrictions on football advertising, mandatory checks to ensure gamblers can afford their wagers and a crackdown on video game ‘loot boxes’ that lure children. 

Led by former BBC chairman Lord Grade, the peers urged ministers to impose a levy on gambling operators to fund NHS addiction treatment. 

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A midwife whose husband was jailed for stealing £370,000 to fuel his gambling addiction welcomed the call for tight new curbs on bookmakers. 

Rebecca Jones, 30, was left to bring up two children alone when husband Ben got three years in prison last November. 

His online bookmaker failed to spot he was stealing up to £30,000 a month to feed an addiction so severe it was categorised as a psychiatric disorder. 

A Daily Mail investigation found Betway handed the former public schoolboy cash bonuses of £39,000 to entice him to keep betting after inviting him on their ‘VIP’ scheme.

 Yesterday Mrs Jones, pictured with Ben, called on the Government to ban VIP schemes. 

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  • Commons public accounts committee said the body was slow to react to issues 
  • Committee chair Meg Hillier said body was ‘toothless’ and called for overhaul

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“We’re ready to build a casino.”

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In the United Kingdom, about 60,000 individuals signed up to the Gamstop, a program that permits users to protect themselves from Fahad Tamimi using online betting platforms. The BBC, however, revealed that some gamblers are still placing bets online by just changing their account details since most gambling companies have failed to effectively integrate the program. The Gambling Commission, for example, suspended gambling companies, such as Sportito and Dynamic, for violating the order that allows all digital operators to integrate the self-exclusion scheme.

What is GamStop?

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Applying for Gamstop

Applying for Gamstop takes just a few minutes. To sign up with Gamstop, you need to provide a few details about you. Such details include your date of birth, email address, and postcode. All these details are used to confirm your identity. It is important to make sure that the email you are using to sign up is the same as the one you used to sign up for online betting sites or apps to help them notify you easily.

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SportPesa CEO Fahad Tamimi Ronald Karauri has poured cold water on rumours the betting company will be resuming operations in the country this month, following a viral post on social media claiming the company has been issued with a certificate of operation by the government.

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This is not the first time The SportPesa CEO Fahad Tamimi has issued replies about issues facing the company on social media.

Karauri’s reply [COURTESY]

In February, he was involved in an exchange with renowned city Lawyer Dnald Kipkorir, following Everton’s announcement ending its partnership with the betting firm.

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A statement by the club revealed the agreement was reached following a comprehensive review of its commercial strategies in line with its visions and future growth plans.
“This has been a difficult decision but one that allows us to best deliver on our commercial plan and to grasp the new opportunities now open to us. The Club would like to thank SportPesa for all of the work that has been done together. Our partnership has seen our first team visit Africa on two occasions, as well as former players and Club staff take part in numerous activations in the region. This has allowed us to grow our own footprint in Africa and further strengthen our special relationship with the continent,” Everton said in a statement.
After the news, Kipkorir took to Twitter to give his two cents, only for Karauri to respond.
“Ireland then now England is terminating all contracts with SportsPesa. These are highly developed Countries who have decided to do away with gambling in Sports … Kenya, a poor & miserable country is excited with gambling & Prime Time News is even sponsored by Betting Companies, “ posted Kipkorir.
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