AN accounts manager stole from a charity to fund her £150,000 gambling addiction.
Deirdre Gilman, 40, stole £18,788 from the Hospital of God at Greatham, which owns a number of care homes and other properties in the village.
She took residents’ rent money, gave them bogus receipts and made false computer entries to hide the thefts.
Discrepancies were later discovered in the accounts when Gilman went on the sick.
Teesside Crown Court heard how she blew £150,000 in a matter of months on online slot machines.
The judge gave her 15 months in prison, but suspended it for two years because she is now getting professional help at a rehab centre in Bristol.
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