Police in Hyde Cheshire, today charged a man with fraud having uncovered a bogus Grand National Office Sweepstake.
Office Punters became suspicious when Mrs Ivy Benson drew perennial favourite, Redrum out of the hat, she remarked, “I was chuffed to draw a three time winner only to be told by my son the horse had died in 1995, I just accepted the fact that sometimes you draw a horse out and it doesn’t start”, Bob Thompson in accounts also drew a former winner in the shape of 1981 winner Aldiniti and was reported to be smug all Friday afternoon. The ruse was finally uncovered when Director Mike Phelps pulled Wolverhampton Wanderers, Mr Phelps said, “I instantly smelt a rat and phoned the Police as I was sure Wolverhampton Wanderers runs on the flat!”
When the full extent of the deception was uncovered it was found that the bogus field included along with former winners, horses named :- Bar, Each Way, Odds on, Dog food and Baldings Growler.
Police say a man has been arrested and if successfully prosecuted could face between 2 to 3 years in prison , although it is reported he can face between 5 to 10 on Betfair.
Hat tip to Midfield Diamond