Petrol Station Supervisor Steals NZ$60K to Fund Gambling Addiction

Petrol station supervisor Brett Laurence Rudman has been caught stealing from stations he supervised to fund his gambling addiction. Rudman, from Wellington, collectively stole more than $60,000 from petrol stations.  The 29-year-old stole cash from BP Karori and BP Newlands, tobacco stock, and Motor Trade Association (MTA) vouchers. All totalling $60,000. His stealing spree went on for five weeks last year.

Rudman has been working for BP for about six years. He used to run the day-to-day administration of the two BPs.

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In November 2018, a manager at the BP Karori noticed that some money had not been deposited. Subsequently, later audits reveal that NZ$1300 worth of MTA vouchers weren’t reimbursed. Furthermore, $2668 worth of tobacco was missing from the site. All in all, a total of $10,975 in cash deposits from BP Karori and $49,552 from BP Newlands were missing.

Petrol Station Supervisor Breached Trust

During his trial at the Wellington District Court on Monday, 16 September, Judge Peter Hobbs said it was obvious that Rudman’s gambling addiction played a role in his offense. “It was also exacerbated by your feelings of financial stress following you becoming aware that you were going to become a father,” he said. The presiding judge further said that Rudman breached trust between employer and employee. “You were an employee and held a significant amount of responsibility and by stealing from your employer, you have breached that trust.”

During the trial’s victim impact statement section, a former employer of Rudman, Rodney Earnshaw, said what he did to the company was “far-reaching” and “distressing”. “Everyone is now on edge and on the lookout for possible discrepancies, delays, and excuses,” he said. “It is extremely difficult to impose and monitor perfect regimes to prevent such fraud – but nearly impossible when the fraud is committed by the gate keeper.”

The companies have now had to install security cameras in all the offices. However, the administrative staff isn’t happy about that, saying they feel “spied on”.

Rudman plead guilty to the offenses. He is serving to home detention and has to pay back NZ$13,000 in reparation.

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Financial Advisor Scams Clients to Fund Gambling Habit

A financial advisor from Perth has been accused of ripping off his clients to fund his out of control gambling habit. The man stole an estimated AUD 948,236.96 from an undisclosed number of clients, and used the money to play casino games. The man made his first appearance in the Joondalup Magistrates Court earlier this week.

It’s alleged that 38-year-old Mark Sebo misappropriated the money without the clients’ consent. The financial advisor would steal the money and then transfer it into his personal online gambling accounts. The magistrate at Joondalup Court highlighted his case as a serious offense and suggested that the case be heard in the highest possible court.

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has since banned the financial advisor from using his professional license. Furthermore, bail conditions state that he’s not allowed to give financial advice to anyone. Sebo is also not allowed to contact the clients he has stolen money from. He was however granted bail following a AUD 50 000 surety paid to the court by his mother who was seated in court as witness to the trail.

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Financial Advisor Another Problem Gambler?

Gambling is a common form of entertainment for many Australians, and millions of others in New Zealand and globally. Statistics show that 80 percent of Australian adults engage in some sort of gambling. This statistic is also the highest recorded rate of gambling in the world. Many of these players show signs of problem gambling which is a contentious issue in the country. The financial advisor who stole nearly $1 million dollars from his clients, falls well within this category.

No further details about the case are known at this point, and court proceedings will resume in October this year.

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Ireland Has the Highest Levels of Gambling Treatment Cases

In a report conducted by the Health Service Executive, the number of people who were treated for problem gambling has extremely increased. These records show that there were more than 250 instances of treatment for gambling addiction in health services in Ireland during 2018. Gambling, alcohol, and drugs are problems that have been pointed out by the Health Service Executive’s (HSE) reporting organization. The report has displayed records of about 1,750 instances of gambling spotted as the leading problem from about ten years ago.

Last year, 257 occurrences of problem gambling treatment were captured by the National Health Service. This amount is not like any other from the time it was recorded on the Health Service Executive structure. In addition, experts have said that it might likely be more by the closing of 2019. Records for one-third of this year state that there have been 82 occurrences of problem gamblers whose addiction to gambling got tended to. In 2011, it was the first year that gambling information was captured by the HSE. That year experienced the least captured number of gambling treatment instances.

Irland Has the Biggest Levels of Gambling Treatment Cases

Gambling Addiction Continues to Rise in Ireland Over Time

The Health Service Executive has cautioned that the previous information can’t be counted as exemplary of the problem on a national level. Moreso, even all-inclusive enough because reporting problem gambling and gambling harm treatment is not compulsory at the given moment. At the present time, there are about 30,000 people who are addicted to gambling in Ireland. These statistics were provided by the HSE to Louise O’Reilly. She is the spokesperson for Sinn Fein, and immediately requested that local authorities, health services, and politicians to tackle the issue for problem gambling to decrease.

Adding to the statement, she said that Ireland is already in hot water when it comes to gambling issues. The country has experienced the most gambling losses generated online per capita on a world-wide scale. Louise O’Reilly also mentioned that this matter doesn’t look like it’s shaking the pants of politicians.


Louise O’Reilly sited that the recorded data shows that young men are the ones who are most affected negatively from problem gambling activities. The health service in Ireland should put more resources into gambling problem research, treatment, education, and prevention. They need to target people who are most capable of becoming gambling addicts. She also mentions that authorities must take action in line with health service arrangements and ruling. Gambling addiction isn’t a recent issue to the industry but it has become tricky and bigger than before.

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