Brandon betting shop cashier cleared of fraud

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A betting shop cashier who paid out £6,000 to a customer who placed bets when the result of the races were already known has been cleared of committing fraud.

Trudy Dabreo, 55, of Kestrel Drive, Brandon, had denied accepting 25 bets over a five-day period between the end of August and beginning of September last year.

A jury at Ipswich Crown Court was told that Dabreo, who had worked for 10 years at Ladbrokes in Brandon, took £300 in stake money for races which had either finished or were about to finish and where the result was clear.

Prosecutor Simon Gladwell said the customer involved had pleaded guilty to fraud and was awaiting sentencing.

Dabreo had pleaded not guilty to fraud by abuse of position between August 29 and September 10 last year and was today (Monday) unanimously found not guilty.

After the jury returned their verdict, Mr Recorder Martyn Levett told Dabreo that she was free to leave the court.

The prosecution had alleged that Dabreo had acted with the customer placing the bets to commit the fraud.

After irregularities were uncovered Ladbrokes conducted an investigation before calling in police, said Mr Gladwell.

When Dabreo was interviewed in January she told police that when the fraud was alleged to have been committed she was suffering harassment from a former partner and was under financial stress.

Giving evidence, Dabreo denied that she had been aware that the 25 winning bets placed by the same customer over five days had been fraudulent.

Dabreo said that despite paying out on six of the bets within a single hour she had been too busy dealing with other customers to notice that anything was suspicious.

Explaining how bets were recorded on Ladbrokes computer system, Dabreo said that what she had done had been “just genuine mistakes” and denied that she had been working in league with the customer to secure payouts.

Dabreo said that at the time, working under pressure in the betting shop, she had not realised that the bets were being placed beyond the time limit set by Ladbrokes.