Illegal bookmaker made thousands

An illegal bookie from Midlothian, Scotland, bagged more than £30,000 whilst taking bets whilst off duty from his job as a postman.

Postman Kenneth Halliday used his experience from previously working in a betting office to take bets from customers in his local pub, The Original Hotel in Roslin, Midlothian.

Halliday was so successful in his illicit activities that, on a number of occasions, he would deposit up to £4,000 into his bank account between 2003 and 2006.

Halliday had been under surveillance by Police after they received a tip-off last January. On January 14, police watched as Halliday accepted his bets in the Original Hotel and arrested him. Police found £510 on Halliday and upon searching his home, they found notebooks detailing his bets, plus £3,390.

At Edinburgh Sheriff Court, Halliday admitted three accounts of illegal betting and revealed he earned £30,940. His sentence was deferred.

Sheriff Isabella McColl advised Halliday that he could face a potential jail sentence, with The Crown looking to take double that of what Halliday earned as an illegal bookmaker.

Editor, - 2007-02-07 10:54:01

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