Solicitor 'stole money from clients to fund his obsessive £220,000 gambling habit'

colinsunderland

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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar...ts-fund-obsessive-220-000-gambling-habit.html
and for a non daily mail link

https://www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk/ne...jail-sentence-over-eye-watering-fraud-1375004
I have no idea how he got not guilty on the theft from employer charges tbh. I know for a fact he is guilty and have been keeping an eye on the trial since it started. Stealing from the firm, bad, especially as I know personally some senior staff very well there, some for over 40 years, but stealing client funds ffs. Met Nathan once actually, thought he's a dick, and refused to deal with him again. That was probably 2011/2012 so I was probably on his list of potential victims.

Been also trying to scam people on gambling forums fairly recently too, so this is a part warning in case he comes here trying to sell hotel tickets and stuff.
 

RichyJ75

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Yep, and he did steal it, so must have been a technicality.

Probably got off on the theft from employer charges as strictly speaking, the client's money does not belong to the employer as it is held on behalf of the client. I would imagine the firm would then seek to get reimbursement from the thief, but what they should have done is put money from their office account in to the client account to ensure no loss to the client - serious qualification on their SRA audit and for which the partners could lose their practising certificates if the error not rectified.

PS, yes, I do work in a solicitors!
 

danofthewibble

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Probably got off on the theft from employer charges as strictly speaking, the client's money does not belong to the employer as it is held on behalf of the client. I would imagine the firm would then seek to get reimbursement from the thief, but what they should have done is put money from their office account in to the client account to ensure no loss to the client - serious qualification on their SRA audit and for which the partners could lose their practising certificates if the error not rectified.

PS, yes, I do work in a solicitors!

Still theft. Maybe he wasn’t charged with theft.

I also work on a solicitor’s ;)
 

lewisnadasurf

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Reminds me of my mother in laws story.

About 20 years ago she owned a lorry company with her husband and turnover was huge, talking 5 years from scratch to over a million turnover.

the accountant out of no where stole every single penny from them and about a dozen other clients and ran off to the Caribbean never to be found again.

they had nothing left. The stress of it all they believe caused her to get breast cancer, which she survived. But ultimately five years later got lung cancer which took her life (that was smoking tho)

so don’t feel sorry for this douchbag. It’s the other victims stories which ultimately go unheard.
 

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His take home salary was an average of £20,400 PA - there was me thinking we paid them nearly that amount an hour!

Should've become an affiliate on the side, or a streamer. :D

Seriously though, people have an inherent belief in our legal system and this was a seriously damaging breach of trust and even worse than a bent cop IMO. I assume Ladyboys will be refunding his victims as they and other betting firms have done previously when demonstrated the money was stolen? I see SoW wasn't quite what it is now back then....
 

danofthewibble

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Not all solicitors are on huge wages, believe it or not. The hourly rate often goes to the firm.

I’m not a solicitor, but am on more than that. So he does appear to have been on a fairly low wage, but may have also been taking hourly rate in addition to salary.
 

colinsunderland

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He was fairly newly qualified at the time, so was on a low wage for that reason. He was extremely stupid as he would have moved up in the firm, the main solicitor started there while training about 45 years ago and now owns the firm, and has done for about 20 years, so shows what would be possible, especially as he will be retiring in a few years.
 

jaytechnos

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Ouch, we had a similar accident in Sweden where a woman stole money from a company - monies that were supposed to go to the unemployed homeless people.

SEK 3.5 million was embezzled... Happened in Gothenburg.
 

Nicola

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Quite a few of these stories appearing in the papers nowadays. Is it because its happening more often or the newspapers have it in for online gambling.
 

Bloatgoat

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Quite a few of these stories appearing in the papers nowadays. Is it because its happening more often or the newspapers have it in for online gambling.

Your so COUGH and COUGH to be honest. It is happening all in Europe. And the amount of people who are'nt registered is even bigger then ever before. And you think news sites are just targetting online gambling for the fun of it?

https://www.ad.nl/binnenland/medewe...oor-luxe-vakanties-en-gokverslaving~a0616e47/
Millions.

https://www.vice.com/nl/article/vb5n73/madrid-epidemie-gokverslaafde-tieners
Spain.

https://www.ad.nl/den-haag/hagenaar...erover-drukte-had-een-gokverslaving~a0e2918c/
4.4 million.

And yet you think that this is just a individual in the UK doing something bad, lol. The problem lies within the casino's and their game offerings, in how evasive, intruding this play is. It's a growing world wide issue that we will see more and more problem players in the future. Even the UK has a plague which is called bookie stores.

Ah well. I think i simply quit posting on these forums. People who have affilliated in casino's downtalk serious arising problems here like it's a one persons case. Type in gambling addiction in your local google newsfeed and be amazed on how many more 'individuals' really are out there that commit crimes to feed their addiction. Where does this addiction comes from?

Well crafted games and online play. Turning people into isolated human beings.
 
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