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Man jailed for £66k theft from his Pensnett firm
10:07am Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
A MAN who left a Pensnett firm in financial hardship after stealing over £66,600 worth of electrical goods to fuel his gambling addiction has been jailed for a year.
Alka Brigue, prosecuting, told Wolverhampton Crown Court, Anthony Doleman had been employed in the sales department of Routeco and he placed orders using the names of existing customers.
He then had the goods diverted to the depot where he worked on the Pensnett Trading estate only to be rumbled when the customers complained they had been invoiced for goods they had not ordered.
Doleman stole goods valued at a total of £66,607 and none of the property had been recovered by investigating police officers.
She said 31-year-old Doleman who had the keys to the firm's depot had a number of previous convictions including thefts from employers.
Doleman, of Wave Close, Walsall, admitted three charges of fraud and he was told by Judge Martin Walsh: "It is clear you caused some financial hardship to your employers."
He said he had been in a position of responsibility and trust and he turned to fraud because of his gambling addiction adding: "You stole a considerable sum in the full knowledge of your background."
Simon Rippon, for Doleman, unsuccesfully pleaded for the judge to defer sentence on Doleman to give him the chance to go to a residential centre in London where he could receive help for his gambling problem.
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