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British man steals money from charity to fund gambling addiction

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08:14
27 Feb

The game can be a fun and exciting way to sweat a football or baseball game. However, when you need to steal money to fund your gambling habits, there is something wrong with your gambling habits.

Manjinder Virdia 37-year-old British man, was sentenced to three years in prison for stealing nearly $300,000 from a medical charity to fund his online gambling antics.

The Evening Standard reported that Virdi to plead guilty outside Snaresbook Crown Court last week for fraud by abuse of position. The CEO of UK charity Princess Alice Hospice, Nigel Seymourtweeted about Virdi’s dirty deeds.

Virdi, Professional Financial Officer for the British Society of Echocardiography (BSE) stole the $278,000 starting in September 2017 and spanning about 20 months. His first position at the charity was as financial administratorbut after rising through the ranks and becoming a finance manager it was given access to ESB PayPal and bank accounts.

After illegally obtain fundscourt documents reveal that they were used on a number of online gaming platforms. Those working close to the case assessed Virdi and found that he suffers from depression and a gambling disorder.


The law catches up

Gavin Markeya detective officer from the central east command unit CID said in a statement that, “in a series of transactions between October and November 2018, he took slightly more than £85,000($115,000). Additionally, from February to May 2019, Virdi siphoned off more than £53,000 ($78,000).

In May 2019, the scam caught up with Virdi. The charity’s bank account sent an email to one of Virdi’s colleagues alerting the charity that there was possibility of fraud. As the financial agent of the not-for-profit organization, the the email has been forwarded to Virdi.

Virdi then claimed he followed up with the bank, and warned his colleagues that it was probably a scam and should be ignored. He was asked to follow up a second time, to which Virdi claimed that there may have been fraud and he was waiting for the bank to let him know the situation.

However, the professor Martin Stoutthe Vice President for BSE, knew something was wrong, and he himself contacted the bank. He found that a number of fraudulent payments were sent to Virdi’s account. Stout contacted the police and a the arrest was made at the ESB building on May 22.

Virdi was questioned and eventually released, but was still under investigation. London police uncovered Virdi’s banking activity and found that large sums of money were used to gamble online.

“Virdi was put in charge of managing and protecting the company’s finances and he completely abused his position and the trust placed in him, almost as if he expected to get away with it,” the official said. Detective Markey. “Virdi tried to make his colleagues look like fools when initially contacted by the bank, but they knew something was wrong and their suspicions were confirmed.”

There are currently an investigation is trying to recover some of the funds. If you have or think you have a gambling problem, seek appropriate help.

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