Bowling Alley Manager steals £73k, loses it Gambling

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A British bowling alley manager named Stuart Lee Todd was recently sentenced to nine months in prison after embezzling £73,295 ($115,835) from his workplace. What’s more is that Todd took the money and spent most of it gambling at various casinos around the UK.

Getting into the specifics, Todd worked at Hollywood Bowl in Kingswood, Hull and began taking money several years ago. Nobody realized that the 29-year-old was stealing money from the bowling alley until an internal audit was done. Following the audit, Hollywood Bowl owners became suspicious when a massive amount of money and 21 banking slips came up missing.

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Once Stuart Lee Todd got a call from the auditors, he walked into a police station and turned himself in to the authorities. Luckily for Todd, he got a break when prosecutors only charged him with the £73,295 that was taken from March, 2011 to November, 2011.

Todd’s lawyer, John Thackray, talked about the case by saying, “The background to this is his gambling addiction. He started using slot machines and got into debt. It escalated as he expected he would get a big win.” Thackray added, “He was then moving on to betting shops, casinos playing roulette and gradually lost more and more money. He appreciated he has serious problems.”

Apparently, Todd had such a serious problem that he’s only returned £10,000 of the stolen money; the rest, he claims, was spent on his gambling addiction. With so little money returned from the embezzlement, this could be the biggest gambling scandal since priest Kevin McAuliffe stole over $650,000 from a Las Vegas parish before losing it at casinos.

It’s pretty clear that the court wasn’t happy with Todd’s actions as Judge Mettyear from Hull Magistrates’ Court said, “You were in a stable relationship and you had a steady job and a regular wage and it should have been sufficient if you had continued to live a law-abiding life. But you turned to gambling and you suffered losses which caused you to gamble more in the fruitless hope that you would win back enough money to pay off the debts you have accrued.”

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