Leeds gambling fraudster made to pay £622,000 after sale of house

Jonathan Revill.
Jonathan Revill.
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An IT manager who defrauded his Leeds employer out of almost £19m to fund his chronic gambling addiction has been ordered to re-pay £622,000 following the sale of his home.

Jonathan Revill is currently serving a seven-year jail sentence for stealing the money from GDF SUEZ, one of the world’s largest companies.

Revill, 38, worked as a service delivery systems manager at the energy company’s subsidiary business, GDF Suez Energy, based in Leeds, when he carried out the scam.

In March last year, a Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) hearing was told Revill’s benefit from the offending was £18,976,602 but he had just £608,909 of the sum available.

Most of that figure is made up from the value of his home, worth £515,000, and £21,000 worth of investments.

Revill was returned to Leeds Crown Court yesterday to have the POCA confiscation directions varied after the sale of his home on Marsh Lane, Huddersfield, raised more than expected.

Revill was ordered to pay the sum of £622,000 within six months or face a further jail term of up to four years.

The 38-year-old admitted four offences of fraud and one of transferring criminal property at his sentencing hearing in 2013.

He lost most of the money gambling online and would gamble as much as £300,000 on a single sporting fixture.

Even after his arrest, Revill accessed more than £20,000 from his betting account and lost it all in one evening.