A Brandon man collected £6,000 after placing fraudulent bets at a bookies in the town, a court has heard.
Hans Dhadra, 52, of Crown Street, was caught after investigators working for Ladbrokes began looking into irregularities at the shop last year.
Ipswich Crown Court heard yesterday (Thursday) that between August 29 and September 10 Dhadra had placed 25 bets on races that were either already finished or were close to finishing and the result was clear.
Five of the bets were placed within a 90 minute period and resulted in Dhadra being paid winnings of £2,125.
Prosecuting, Simon Gladwell said Dhadra had taken advantage of staff at the bookies who were busy dealing with other customers when he placed the bets.
In mitigation Joanne Eley said Dhadra was remorseful and regretted what he had done. Dhadra had an addiction to gambling but now was managing to control it.
Dhadra, who pleaded guilty to fraud, was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment suspended for two years and ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid community work.
Mr Recorder Martyn Levett, who described the cashier who inadvertently accepted the fraudulent bets as ‘an innocent agent’, also banned Dhadra from visiting any Ladbrokes betting shops for the next 12 months and said he must pay the company £6,015 compensation and £1,500 prosecution costs.