A SELF employed agent who persuaded clients to get involved in a £37,000 fraud on a financial company was motivated by a gambling addiction, a court has heard.
Robert Hadley was given a suspended prison sentence by a judge at Preston Crown Court.
The 37-year old of Queensway, Warton admitted 18 offences of fraud. At the time he was a self employed agent for Provident Personal Credit Ltd and was responsible for collecting repayments from people in their homes and arranging further credit.
With their agreement, 18 customers took out loans in their names, mostly for the defendant’s benefit.
Company procedures had not been followed and an interview was arranged with Hadley. He was said to have been too distressed to attend, having admitted to his wife he was a compulsive gambler.
The case involved a total of £37,750. He has repaid £5,630.
Judge Jacqueline Beech told the defendant: “You have persuaded your clients to engage in criminal activity for your own personal benefit.”
She accepted that but for his frank admissions when interviewed, the offences might not have come to light.
Hadley was given 12 months prison, suspended for two years, with 12 months supervision and 300 hours unpaid work.
He must pay The Provident £32,000 compensation.