A gambling addict is jailed for defrauding 3 companies out of £935,700


Posted on the 1st of January 2016

A gambling addict is jailed for defrauding 3 companies out of £935,700

Caroline Dumont, 57, a bookkeeper from Swanscombe in Kent was recently sentenced to jail for three years and four months for siphoning off money from three separate firms for almost three years to support her online gambling addiction. As a result of Dumont’s theft, one firm was forced into liquidation, the second firm barely survived thanks to the thefts being discovered sooner rather than later, while the owner of the third firm had to use his own money to keep the business afloat. Dumont began playing the online slot machines at meccabingo.com in 2011 and at the height of her addiction was wagering up to £20,000 a week, betting £250 a time. While the three companies that Dumont stole from were heading for financial ruin, Dumont was being treated to all expense paid luxury holidays by Mecca Bingo. If someone had taken the time to investigate Dumont, they would’ve discovered that Dumont was earning approximately £36,000 a year and living in a council home in Swanscombe, Kent. Not exactly a casino high roller.

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