Man jailed for stealing £92,000 from Kettering firm to fund gambling habit

A man who stole more than �92,000 from a technology firm in Kettering to fund his gambling addiction has been sent to prison for 10 months
A man who stole more than �92,000 from a technology firm in Kettering to fund his gambling addiction has been sent to prison for 10 months
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A man who stole more than £92,000 from a technology firm in Kettering to fund his gambling addiction has been sent to prison for 10 months.

Dharmesh Patel was employed as an accounts assistant at Advanced Technology Services in the town last year.

However, in October his manager noticed discrepancies in a number of payments made by the company to suppliers, which had been made into a single bank account.

It transpired that Patel, 24, of Oadby near Leicester, had paid £92,018 into his own bank account over a period of five or six weeks.

Patel appeared at Northampton Crown Court on Tuesday where he was jailed for 10 months by Recorder Adrian Redgrave QC after pleading guilty to theft.

Prosecution barrister Dominic Woolard told the court: “The firm said they are a relatively small company with 14 members of staff.

“Fortunately for them they were able to maintain their function and were not placed in a position where they had to lay people off.”

The court was told Patel would be able to pay back the money by borrowing cash from his uncle who would then be repaid separately.

Paul Nicholls, mitigating, told the court Patel had issues with gambling and since his arrest he had been trying to turn around his life.

He added: “He is a young man with a good background and a supportive family. This was a very unsophisticated crime and it was only a matter of time before he was caught.”

Mr Nicholls said Patel was attending Gamblers’ Anonymous meetings and that all his wages were now being paid to his parents, who were looking after his money. He said: “He also visited betting shops near where he lives with his dad. He has given his photo to the staff and effectively asked to be barred from them.”

Recorder Redgrave acknowledged that Patel was remorseful and had taken steps to address his issues, but said criminals should not be allowed to “buy their way” out of trouble. He jailed Patel for ten months and told him to pay £92,018 in compensation.