Sunderland dad stole almost £900,000 from employer Nike to fuel gambling addiction

A scheming worker who stole almost £900,000 from Nike to fuel his “uncontrolled” gambling addiction has been jailed.

Christopher Rawding abused his place of belief by blocking purchasers’ funds to the worldwide sportswear firm, as an alternative giving them particulars for his non-public checking account.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how the father-of-two had dozens of transactions paid into his Halifax account between April 2015 and October 2018 accumulating to £890,791.82.

He has been protecting his tracks by manipulating the accounts of different purchasers to conceal the opening within the account of Urban Industries on the finish of every bill interval.

The account consultant wanted the funds to proceed his secret life as a gambling addict who was dropping round £5,000 a day.

The offending solely got here to mild after Rawding was transferred to the Netherlands in April 2018 when he was appointed as a strategic accounts consultant.

It was in October that yr when Nike found the client fee and credit score notes had been incorrectly utilized to Urban Industries.

Barry Robson, prosecuting, mentioned: “All funds from Urban Industries have been both paid by direct debit into the Nike account or as suggested into the defendant’s checking account on an ad-hoc foundation.

“None of the switching induced any issues within the provide chain to Urban Industries they usually had no cause to suspect something was untoward.”

An investigation revealed the 36-year-old had blocked quite a lot of direct debits with a complete of £871,476.68 being transferred into his checking account by Urban Industries.

In November 2018 he tendered his resignation. But it was not till two months later when the total extent of Rawding’s crimes can be revealed.

Another account managed by the devious worker between 2015 and 2016 had seen Cushty Ltd, unknowingly, switch greater than £19,000 to his non-public account.

Police arrested Rawding, of Belsay Gardens, Sunderland, in March 2019 and he later pleaded responsible to two fees of fraud by false illustration.

In a enterprise impression assertion Nike mentioned it had suffered “vital monetary losses” whereas the following authorized investigation had used a number of “substantial quantity of employees time and assets”.

Christopher Rawding has been jailed for greater than three years at Newcastle Crown Court

Penny Hall, defending, mentioned Rawding’s gambling addiction began after his grandfather’s loss of life round 12 years in the past however “exploded” once more on the time his kids have been born.

“He is somebody who’s an ordinarily a hard-working household man who up till this case lived a law-abiding way of life,” she mentioned.

“At the time of offending, the defendant had a major maybe utterly uncontrolled gambling drawback. He was gambling extra money than it might appear he may ever have stored rely of or ever afford.

“When all this got here to mild he himself couldn’t imagine the entire sum of money that had been taken from the corporate.”

The court docket heard how Rawding has now stopped gambling and volunteered for greater than 800 hours delivering meals and helping the NHS through the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

However this was introduced to an finish after he was struck down by the illness and has been unwell for almost all of the previous yr.

Recorder Nicholas Lumley QC jailed Rawding for a complete of 40 months at a sentencing listening to on Tuesday.

He mentioned: “You led a secret life – the lifetime of a gambler.

“You have been a trusted worker rising by means of the ranks incomes evermore and ready of serious belief.

“You selected gambling over your loved ones, your mates and also you selected dishonesty. You selected to chunk the hand that had been feeding you and your loved ones for the earlier seven years.

“You thought you’d by no means be came upon. It was solely as a result of it was found by others that it was introduced to an finish.

“You don’t have anything to show for it. Not a penny stays. In whole £890,791.83 has been taken by you to fulfill your egocentric, quick time period wants.”

Prosecutors have additionally launched proceedings beneath the Proceeds of Crime Act to seize any property Rawding might have with a listening to to happen on August 10.



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