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Woman (44) admits taking £590,000 from former employer and losing it on gambling website

Derry Crown Court heard that all the money was spent on gambling website 32Red

A 44-year-old woman wept in the dock at Derry Crown Court today as she pleaded guilty to six charges of fraud by false representation by using her former employer's credit cards to withdraw just over £590,000 from the company's accounts.

Tracey Curran, from Moyola Drive in the Shantallow area of the city, admitted committing the six offences between January 2016 and April 2017 when she used the company's Bank of Ireland and American Express cards to take out the money.

A barrister for the Public Prosecution Service told Judge Philip Babington that she had spent all of the money on the 32Red gambling website.

"She obtained all of the money through fraud and the money has all been lost to the gambling site," he said.

Defence barrister Eoghan Devlin said he wanted to engage the services of an accountant to determine the exact amount involved in the fraud.

He also handed Judge Babington a document from the Gambling Commission which he said contained information directly linked to the offending.

The case was adjourned until November 19 to enable the preparation of medical reports.

The defendant was released on continuing bail until then.

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