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Bramford/Clacton: Gambling addict stole £51k from employer

PUBLISHED: 11:23 13 May 2012 | UPDATED: 15:50 13 May 2012

Tammy Humm

Tammy Humm

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A GAMBLING addict has lost her family, her home, her job and now her liberty after embezzling more than £51,000 from her Suffolk employer.

Tammy Humm, of Wellesley Road, Clacton, siphoned off £51,597 from RMI Engineering in Bramford, near Ipswich, in 99 separate transactions in order to feed her betting habit.

The 40-year-old, who admitted theft by an employee, was jailed for two years at her Ipswich Crown Court sentencing.

The administrative assistant was caught when her boss found a document she had left on a scanner, while she was on a day off.

Jailing Humm, Judge John Holt said: “Your employer was a small business with a staff of three.

“Over a period of in excess of 18 months you executed 99 fraudulent deductions in your favour, totalling £51,597.

“You concealed what you were doing from the company accountants by sending them photocopied bank statements deleting the relevant ones where you had committed fraud, and it was only by chance that you were caught.”

Referring to the impact of Humm’s actions on RMI Engineering, Judge Holt added: “It has had a very considerable effect, both financially and on their ability to keep going.”

The court was told the fraud took place between December 21, 2009 and October 7, 2011.

Quinton Hunt, mitigating for Humm, said: “Miss Humm realises the severity of her actions. She has specifically asked me to publicly state her apologies to the court and to the victim of this crime.

“This offence has had an extreme effect upon the life of Miss Humm.

“Really, she has lost everything as a result of this course of conduct. She’s lost her home. She’s lost her marriage.

“Her children are estranged from her. Her friends have now taken the side of her husband against her.

“She finds herself at some considerable age, effectively in rented accommodation, with no friends, and no family.

“The motivation for her behaviour came from a gambling addiction.

“She has voluntarily been attending Gamblers’ Anonymous in order to tackle the problem that has beset her.

“There have been no extra holidays, no nice shoes etc, to the extent where her husband saw no material increase in her world. This addiction has got out of control.”

Mr Hunt added that Humm, who had no previous convictions, had also suffered mental health issues caused by what she had done.

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