A GAMBLER defrauded £3.7m from his employer as his addiction spiralled out of control.
Andrew Rafferty, 44, of Armthorpe Drive, Little Sutton, lived in a modest semi-detached house despite redirecting hundreds of thousands of pounds annually for eight years.
On Friday his mother wept as he was jailed for seven years in Chester Crown Court by judge Elgan Edwards, the Recorder of Chester, who told him ‘gambling is the reason, it cannot be an excuse’.
Rafferty turned to gambling after a 15-year relationship fell apart before embarking on an eight-year spree undetected by employer Faurecia, a global car parts supplier with a base in Ellesmere Port.
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