Ballymena man to stand trial for £16,000 Lotto fraud

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A Ballymena man has been ordered to stand trial accused of a £16,000 Lotto scratch card fraud.

At the town’s Magistrates’ Court, Timothy James Douglas, 40, of Herbison Fields, was charged with five counts of fraud by abuse of the position he held with Wineflair Ltd.

The charges allege that while occupying a position in which Douglas was expected to safeguard the financial interests of the company, he activated batches of National Lottery scratchcards but did not put them on public display for sale.

He also faces 13 counts of fraud by false representation, namely that he was lawfully entitled to claim winnings, of various monetary values, from the scratchcards.

The offences are alleged to have taken place on dates between April 2011 and April 2012. Douglas was returned for arraignment, on his own bail of £1,000, to Antrim Crown Court on December 4.

District Judge Des Perry described the charges against Douglas as “a very, very serious matter”.