Former shop manager sentenced for stealing £9k worth of scratch cards

CUMBRIA, UK – The former manager of a Workington newsagent Yvonne Simmonds, 46, was taking about £200 worth of cards a day to satisfy the addiction she picked up while managing the store.

Carlisle Crown Court heard testimony that Ms Simmonds had stolen around £9,100 worth of National Lottery scratch cards while she managed the store.

She pleaded guilty to stealing the scratch cards and to a charge of false accounting. She taught her unsuspecting daughter, who also worked there, how to doctor the shop’s accounts in an attempt to hide what she had done.

Simmonds was given an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for a year, and put under the supervision of probation officers to help with her gambling addiction.

Despite obviously stealing thousands of the scratch cards, the biggest prize she ever won from one of the National Lottery games was £40.


source: Carlisle News and Star

Published: August 19, 2011

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