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A police investigation supported by the Gambling Commission has led to a woman who defrauded employers of nearly £1million to fund a gambling addiction being jailed.

Caroline Dumont, 57, formerly of Brenda Terrace, Swanscombe, was imprisoned for three years and four months after admitting to three charges of fraud.

Maidstone Crown Court heard how Dumont worked as a bookkeeper for three separate firms based in Aylesford and Longfield and regularly stole money from them between February 2012 and November 2014.

The court heard how a Gambling Commission settlement relating to this case (in which Ms Dumont is referred to as “Customer B”)  resulted in Rank surrendering an estimated £950,000 profits to be spent for agreed socially responsible purposes.

Richard Watson, Gambling Commission programme director, said: “We supported Kent Police in this investigation. This case should serve to remind all operators that they must put social responsibility and tackling crime at the heart of their business – if they don’t it will cost them their money, reputation and could eventually result in them losing their licence to provide gambling services.”

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Posted on 16 December 2015