Two former Weather Lottery employees charged over £80k fraud

Two former Weather Lottery employees charged over £80k fraudTwo former Weather Lottery employees charged over £80k fraud

DONCASTER, UK – Keith Milhench, the former MD of Doncaster based lottery firm The Weather Lottery has been charged in connection with an alleged £80,000 fraud, alongside another former employee of the company.

Mr Milhench resigned from The Weather Lottery in September due to ill health and has been charged by Nottinghamshire Police alongside former employee Amie Pickersgill-Smith with seven counts of fraud in addition to four charges of theft.

The charges relate to the alleged misappropriation of jackpot payments to lottery winners between April 2008 and April 2010 totalling £80,000. The matter was referred to Nottinghamshire Police following an investigation by the Gambling Commission.

The Weather Lottery runs lotteries for charities, education and sporting organisations, which retain a percentage of sales. The Weather Lottery also provides a full online gaming package for well known football clubs, including; Sheffield Wednesday, Derby County and Coventry City.

The game that The Weather Lottery pays out jackpots of £10,000 is based on predicting the temperatures of various cities across the world published in the Daily Mail newspaper.

Nottinghamshire Police are satisfied that all the victims of the fraud have been identified and that no one else who worked for the company between April 2008 and April 2010 is guilty of any wrongdoing.

The end of the year also saw the firm purchase online poker operation Devilfish Poker Limited from Devlifish Gaming plc for £330,000.

The company’s Gambling Commission licence to operate as an external lottery manager remains in place and was renewed in October last year.

Just last week The Weather Lottery announced that its pre-tax profits for the 12 months to July 31st fell from £77,000 to only £29,000.

Published: January 18, 2011

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