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Mayor sentenced for robbing ice cream vendor to fuel his gambling addiction

By Mason White 11:14 AM August 6, 2014
Andrew Williams 

By: Aarav Sen
A mayor in the United Kingdom, was charged and convicted of stealing cash from an ice cream vendor in order to fuel his gambling addiction, prosecutors said.

44-year-old Andrew Williams of Ripon, was ordered to do unpaid work.

A judge said that Williams brought disgrace to his office, and said that the most appropriate sentence was that Williams worked in the community that he deprived.

Police said that Williams wore his official chain when he accepted £220 ($371) from the ice cream vendor as a percentage of revenue earned at a public event.

Instead of handing over the cash to the local treasury, Williams pocketed the funds. Williams was convicted by a jury at the York Crown Court, on charges of fraud.

He was ordered to perform 200 hours of unpaid work in 12 months. The crime came to light when a committee overseeing revenue realized that the money was missing.

Williams was found to have a huge gambling problem.