Man who conned parents to fund gambling addiction sentenced to 44 months in jail (From St Albans & Harpenden Review)
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London Colney man who conned parents to fund gambling addiction sentenced to 44 months in jail
When gambling took hold of Alan Hughes he sunk to a new low when he conned his own parents and landed them in £100,000 worth of debt.
Hughes, who was in the grip of a hopeless addiction, tricked them into re-mortgaging their property - not once, but twice.
He then used the money to fund his gambling.
His deceit came to light earlier this year when he was jailed at St Albans Crown Court for 34 months for stealing £325,000 from his employer.
That money, which he stole between 2011 and 2012 in his position as a finance officer with the company, had also been used for gambling.
But after he was jailed there was an investigation into what assets he had.
It was discovered that in 2008 he had persuaded his parents Alan and Pamela to re-mortgage their home in Cherry Tree Avenue, London Colney, to the tune of £50,000.
Hughes, 44, had told them he needed the cash for a "business opportunity" but it was a lie.
He used the money for gambling and to make the repayments.
When he needed more money he came up with a story that he wanted them to transfer the mortgage to another provider for a better deal, but the reality was that a second £50,000 mortgage on the house was being obtained.
On Friday (August 23) when he appeared back at St Albans Crown Court to be sentenced for the latest offence - two charges of making a false representation, the court heard his parents had been saddled with the mortgage debt.
David Chrimes prosecuting said the parents had spent their lives working to pay off their mortgage and hoped for a comfortable retirement, but now faced years of mortgage repayments because of the son they had trusted.
Even so, the court heard, when Hughes is eventually released from prison they will allow him to return to the family home and support him.
He was jailed for 44 months.
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