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Betting boss stole pounds 4,660.

A betting shop manager with an addiction to gambling was jailed for two months yesterday after he admitted helping himself to pounds 4,660.

Nicholas Remon (40), of Warstones Gardens, Warstones, Wolverhampton, pleaded guilty at Stafford Crown Court to three charges of theft from Steve Lilley Racing, when he worked at the company's betting shop in Windmill Bank, Wombourne, Staffordshire.

Mr Simon Phillips, prosecuting, said that Remon, a father of one, helped himself to the money on three occasions last year.

'A simple discrepancy was discovered on weekly returns from the betting shop and Steve Lilley decided to give him another chance if he repaid the money,' he said.

Mr Phillips said two other discrepancies were discovered and Remon was sacked but was given a labourer's job at Mr Lilley's estate as long as the money was repaid at pounds 50 a week.

The court was told that in 1988 Remon had a conviction for theft of pounds 411 while working as a betting shop manager in Cannock.

Mr Martin Liddiard, defending, said: 'The prospect of winning was always there but he did not make anything out of this illegal venture. He recognised he had a gambling addiction.

'He has repaid some of the money and has a continuing willingness to pay.'
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Date:Sep 26, 2000
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