UK Lottery “addict” stole more than £9,000 worth of scratch cards

CUMBRIA, UK – The former manager of a newsagent’s in Cumbria was addicted to National Lottery scratch cards and stole more than £9,000-worth of them, Carlisle Crown Court heard in a hearing yesterday.

Yvonne Simmonds, from Workington, pleaded guilty to stealing £9,100-worth of instant games from Mills Newsagent’s on the town’s Westfield Drive while she was employed there in January 2011.

She also admitted that she was guilty of false accounting because of the way she doctored the shop’s accounts in an attempt to hide her stealing and addiction.

The court heard that after her arrest she told police she was “totally, totally addicted” to scratch cards.

The judge told her it was such a big breach of trust she could go to prison.

source: Times and Star

Published: July 20, 2011

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