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Bingo caller fixed game so girlfriends could win.

A BINGO caller has been jailed after he admitted fixing the numbers so his two girlfriends could "win" thousands of pounds.

Christian Grant managed to override the random number generator at Gala Bingo, calling out numbers he knew were on cards bought by two different girlfriends, Samantha Temple and Nandi Ndebele.

Newcastle Crown Court heard Grant, 29, of Birch Road, Blaydon, had overridden the random number generator at the bingo hall in Sunderland on two occasions and read the numbers manually. As a result, he ensured Ndebele, 29, won a pounds 7,830 windfall on September 5 last year. Temple, 28, scooped pounds 1,040 on March 15 this year. The court heard Grant had halved the winnings with Ndebele, of Pattenson Gardens, Felling, but received just pounds 100 from Temple, also of Birch Road, Blaydon.

Grant, Ndebele and Temple all admitted conspiracy to defraud. Grant was jailed for nine months, Temple was sentenced to a community order for 12 months with supervision and Ndebele was sentenced to a community order for 12 months with supervision and 100 hours' unpaid work.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 4, 2009
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