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Leeds Casino boss pleads guilty to £44,000 theft

Saturday 31st January 2009

The manager of Leeds-based casino has pleaded guilty to the theft of £44,000 when his addiction to gambling reached unbelievable levels. Andrew Barnett, 37, had been the manager of the Grosvenor Casino for over five years during which time his record had been impeccable. He was the manager of the Merrion Centre club and unbeknown to his employers he had racked up a £22,000 credit card debt, borrowed £20,000 from his sister and £3000 from his brother as his addiction took control.

Sitting at his home on Christmas Eve, with no money to pay for the electric, he is said to have hatched a plan and broke into the casino on Christmas Day. Using a chisel and axe he plundered more than £44,000 and caused over £48,000 of damage to machinery and equipment in the casino. However, just after 2 PM on Christmas Day he walked into his local police station and owned up to his theft, handing back is ill gotten gains less £100. The police were surprised to say the least as they had not even been made aware of a break in at the casino.

Gambling companies of today, both online and off-line, voluntary contribute to a gambling addiction program for those who take gambling to serious levels and require assistance.

Source: News

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