An IT manager who defrauded his employers out of almost £19 MILLION to fund his chronic gambling addiction has been jailed for seven years.
A court heard Jonathan Revill made a profit of £5.6 MILLION from the scam while working at an energy company based in Leeds and blew most of it betting online.
Revill, 38, was able to pay cash for his £500,000 home in West Yorkshire and would gamble as much as £300,000 on a single sporting fixture.
After being arrested and released on bail over the deception, the father-of-one accessed more than £20,000 from his betting account and lost it all during one evening.
His wife and child knew nothing of his secret addiction until he was arrested and they learned they would lose their home.
Revill pleaded guilty to four offences of fraud and one of transferring criminal property when he appeared at Leeds Crown Court yesterday.
Mehran Nassiri, prosecuting, said Revill stole the money from GDF SUEZ, one of the world’s largest companies.
The offences were committed while he worked as a service delivery systems manager at the company’s subsidiary business, GDF Suez Energy, based in Leeds.
The Leeds office alone has an annual turnover of £1 Billion.
His annual salary was £55,000 plus bonuses and he received a £400-a-month car allowance
Over a period of more than three years Revill faked signatures to order £18,976,062 worth of computer equipment from a supplier.
He then arranged for the equipment to be delivered to his home in Huddersfield or to a storage unit which he then sold on to other companies or on eBay.
The cash was then paid into Revill’s bank account. Revill submitted 104 invoices for equipment before the deception came to light in May this year after a financial audit.
After his arrest Revill was granted bail on the condition that he stopped gambling and sought immediate help for his addiction.
However, on June 2 he accessed cash in an Isle of Man-based account and gambled it in a single evening.
Benjamin Hargreaves, mitigating, said Revill had placed a bet for £11,200 on a tennis match and £13,000 on a football match during the betting spree.
He added: “Winning or losing didn’t matter.”
The barrister said that Revill had £3 million sat in his account at one point during the deception.
He added: “He accepts that over the last ten years a gambling problem has got bigger and bigger and bigger.”
Judge Geoffrey Marson, QC, told Revill: “This was a vast amount of money.”