Worker diverted benefits to own bank account

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A Bury St Edmunds Department for Work and Pensions employee abused his position by diverting thousands of pounds of benefit payments away from those entitled to it and into his own bank account.

Simon Gamble pleaded guilty to four charges of fraud by abuse of position when he appeared at Bury Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

Stephen Coleman, prosecuting, told the court that Gamble used his role at the Department of Work and Pensions to alter computer details of benefit claimants to divert payments totalling £2,568.72 into his own bank account.

His actions came to light in March after complaints about non-payments were investigated.

In mitigation, Dino Barricella said that Gamble had ‘alcohol problems’ which he was taking 
action to address.

District judge Tim King said: “This was a significant breach of trust in a public role.”

He adjourned the case for four weeks so the probation service could prepare an ‘all options’ pre-sentence report.

Gamble, 43, of Franciscan Way, Ipswich, was released on unconditional bail until September 26.