A former Healesville chamber of commerce president, Graham Taylor admitted to having a gambling problem. This was after he was sentenced to spend 9 months in jail after stealing close to $20 000.
Graham Taylor, 60, pleaded guilty in front of Jillian Crowe in the Ringwood Magistrates’ Court. He admitted to defrauding his former employer of a large amount of money to fund his gambling life.
Reports indicate that Graham Taylor dishonestly acquired large sums of money from his employer, Rochford Wines, as well as several community groups. He has been charged with about 48 charges of fraud and deception, all of which took place between February 2014 and March 2015.
When asked in Court, Graham Taylor blamed his gambling problem as the root of all the sins that will make him spend 9 months in correctional facilities.
Graham Taylor’s 48 charges included stealing from people’s credit cards, stealing wine and cash from the former employer, using credit cards falsely when buying concert tickets and stealing about $1110 from the Healesville Chamber of Commerce.
Is a gambling problem the reason to cheat friends and employers?
Although a host of his charges seem unrelated to his gambling problem, Graham Taylor admitted to spending his loot at the gambling tables. The former Marysville Lions Club president admitted to using his popularity and positions to enrich himself and go on to cheat even his closest friends.
He said in one incident, he stole more than $12 000 from credit cards that did not belong to him. He got the credit card numbers from friends who asked him to buy them items from Rochford at a discount. He said he used the cards for cash advances and on some occasions, he had to steal the wine for the credit card victim so that it may look to have been purchased through the credit card he cashed out.
Graham Taylor broke into tears when telling the magistrate that he was already seeking help for his mental health as he believes he has a serious problem.