News of bingo players and other gamblers stealing from employers, family and friends are not a rarity and the most recent tells of a mother who stole from the company she worked for.
Jennifer Rooney stole £12,149 from Barnsbury Housing Trust over a period of just three months. The money was then gambled away in bingo halls and on fruit machines.
She faced the judge recently at Blackfriars Crown Court with six counts of theft and one charge of fraud by abuse of position.
Bingo Hall Ban Imposed
Whilst her defended told Judge John Hillen that her addiction was mainly towards bingo with some use of slots, she had not been to bingo, or gambled, since February.
The judge sentenced her to eight months in prison which was suspended for 18 months. He also imposed a curfew of 7.30pm until 6am and slapped her with an order to pay £1,400 in compensation.
Ms. Rooney was all given a prohibited activity order, which means she cannot enter a bingo hall or play gaming machines for 18 months.
Interestingly, from the original article in The London Evening Standard, there is no mention of online gaming or a ban from signing up to any online casino for this criminal. Are they not just as tempting, and actually, far harder to monitor than your local bingo hall or casino?
It Runs In The Family
The judge said
Gaming is at the heart of what caused you to do what you did, to make the decisions you made.
You had a parent who was a gambler, your son was a gambler and you became addicted to bingo and fruit machines.