The disgraced seller who “betrayed” the on line casino within the Sarnia area wins a excessive stakes stake to maintain a clear steadiness

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Terry Bridge

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February 20, 2021 • • 5 hours earlier • • 3 minutes read Starlight Casino Point Edward. Photo by file photo /.The Observer

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A former employee of the casino near Sarnia managed this week to avoid a criminal conviction for theft from his then-employer.

But it was still a costly dice roll as the ashamed dealer had a promising two decades' career in the gambling industry. That could be a good thing, however, as the 43-year-old man is battling an ongoing addiction, his attorney told a Sarnia judge.

"My client has an illness," said Terry Brandon, adding that he had sought advice to resolve the problem. "He took this gambling addiction very, very seriously."

This was one of the reasons Justice Krista Lynn Leszczynski granted him a parole, which means he will avoid having a criminal record as long as he follows the rules outlined in his year-long parole.

As a result, he is not identified here.

However, the judge indicated that the circumstances of the case were "serious" and an "obvious" breach of trust.

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"You cheated on your employer," said Leszczynski.

The court heard that provincial police began investigating a theft allegation related to the casino in Point Edward, the village on the northwest shoulder of Sarnia, last May. Between April 23 and April 24, several lottery ticket packages were validated for instant gifts assigned to the Venetian Boulevard facility.

That payout didn't add up, however, as the lottery terminal there was suspended about a month earlier during Ontario's first lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Due to the closure of the casino and the large number of tickets validated within two days, the activity was deemed suspicious," said David Rows, Lambton's chief attorney, as he read the facts to the court.

An examination revealed that several of the tickets had been redeemed in a Sarnia supermarket about five kilometers away. The police went to the store and looked at the video surveillance footage.

"The person who redeems the lottery tickets has been identified as the defendant," Rows said. "A Gateway Casinos employee."

The employee was arrested and charged several times. At first, however, he wasn't sure whether to hold it or fold it.

"When he was arrested – although initially hesitant – he later contacted the police himself and gave a full confession," said Brandon.

With the police and prosecutors in hand, he found himself guilty last Wednesday of bringing a single charge of under $ 5,000 theft. The other charges were withdrawn.

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The defendant, who now works in a different industry, came to court with no previous convictions, but leaving without one was not a safe bet.

"The Crown suggests that given the breach of trust that has occurred, a suspended sentence may be appropriate," argued Rows, which would include a criminal conviction.

Brandon hedged her client's bets by suggesting that a layoff was appropriate.

"So that this man can get his good name back after living without problems for 40 years," she said.

His attorney hit the jackpot when Leszczynski decided that a sacking "clearly" in the best interests of the man would not be against the public interest, in part due to his ongoing advice.

"I am pleased that this went a long way in obtaining a discharge under the circumstances," she said. "With that I will grant discharge."

The man's parole prohibits him from going to any casino in Ontario, including the Point Edward facility, for the next year. He has to pay his former employer $ 320 in restitution.

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