Man embezzles money from shop to fund gambling addiction

By Cara Sulieman

A MAN embezzled more than £5,000 from the shop he was in left in charge of by faking cashback transactions.

Richard Humphries, 32, put £50 cashback through the company’s system on credit card payments then pocketed the cash to feed his gambling addiction.

He managed to steal £5,500 before being caught by an auditor who became suspicious of the assistant manager.

Yesterday (Thurs) at Edinburgh Sheriff Court Humphries pled guilty to taking the money between August 10, 2009 and May 12 this year. Continue reading

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Imaginary family lands gambling addict in jail

By Michael MacLeod

A MAN who made up an entire family and claimed to be fighting for custody of his kids to con a workmate out of £30,000 has been jailed for 15 months.
Alexander Shields leaves court

Former Scottish Water employee Alexander Shields looked for pity from his “naïve” workmate Lynn McFarlane by pretending he was embroiled in a custody battle and asked her for cash.

She fell for his elaborate domestic nightmare – before it was revealed he had made up having a wife and kids simply to dupe her.

The 26 year-old Bathgate man then recklessly gambled the lot without making a penny back.

Today (Thurs) at Edinburgh Sheriff Court he blamed a gambling addiction and said he “always intended to give the money back.”

But Sheriff Neil MacKinnon branded him “dishonest, calculated and callous.”
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