David Atkinson, 59, conned investors after he set himself up as an independant financial advisor despite having a history of theft. More than 70 people put their trust and life savings in his investment schemes after he promised them profitable returns that turned out to be false. Atkinson, a father-of-two, even stole £200,000 from his own church where he acted as a treasurer, and pocketed the money to spend online in "fanciful" betting scams. Benjamin Lawrence, defending, said that Atkinson was "genuinely remorseful" and had intended to return the money but was a "pathological gambler".
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