Ian James, defending, said the devastated family would pay a huge price, losing their business and home.No, they aren’t – they are exactly the sort of people who should be standing before the court.
Mr James said: 'They are very unlikely candidates to be standing before a crown court judge. '
They are greedy thieves.
'Their customers are, in many cases, extremely happy with them.Really? How can anyone ever trust them now?
'They have spent some years to build up their business.'
He added: 'The local community benefit from services they provide.'
Mr James described the fraud as a 'momentary succumbing to temptation'.Retaining the winning ticket would have been that, yes. Ringing up Camelot attempting to claim it, no. That’s intention to defraud.
Judge Alasdair Darroch told the Jeevarajahs as he jailed them: 'It was a flagrant breach of trust.Indeed they do. They’ve got 14 months each. They won’t serve it all, but it’s better than nothing.
'This is the sort of matter which the public expects to be dealt with very seriously.'