£50,000 scratchcard thief told to repay just £1
A former shop manager who stole lottery tickets and scratchcards that cost the store up to £50,000 will only have to pay a nominal £1 in compensation.
Thomas Wilcockson appeared at a proceeds of crime hearing at Shrewsbury Crown Court when the prosecution applied for a VW Transporter Van to be sold in order to recoup money for the Column News Shop on London Road in Shrewsbury.
Judge Jonathan Gosling said he was not going to make the order after hearing evidence from Wilcockson and his father that it was his father who had bought the van and that he had not gifted it to his son.
Last year Wilcockson, of Barleyfield, Shrewsbury, received a suspended jail sentence after admitting stealing lottery scratchcards and lottery tickets from the shop and fraudulently claiming the prizes from Camelot.
It had been the shop owner who had sustained much of the loss, the court was told, because of the way contracts with lottery operator, Camelot, work.
In court on Friday 31-year-old Wilcockson and his father said the VW van had been bought by Mr Wilcockson senior, so that the two men could drive it to take Wilcockson's five children on outings.
The judge said the estimate of what the van was worth varied hugely between the £1,000 estimated by the family and the £13,000 by the prosecution.
"However that does not matter as I believe them when the say the van belongs to Mr Wilcockson's father," he said.
"I will impose a nominal £1 proceeds of crime award."
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