Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Swindler Almost Ruined His Friends

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Swindler Almost Ruined His Friends

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Cheating James Carlyle almost bankrupted his own business after gambling away tens of thousands of pounds.

The swindler plundered pounds 106,710 and the friends he went into business with have told of their anguish at finding he had almost ruined their livelihoods.

Carlyle, of Green Lane, Morpeth, admitted stealing the cash from Starfreight Services, based at Newcastle Airport, when he appeared before Newcastle magistrates.

The finance director admitted five counts of theft and was sent to crown court for sentencing.

Goods-forwarding company Starfreight had almost gone bust when Carlyle, 59, finally admitted to his thefts.

When police searched his house they found National Lottery tickets to the value of pounds 150 going back to 2001.

Father-of-two Carlyle set the company up 14 years ago with friends Brian Swan and David Trewick after they left freight firm Livingston International.

Mr Swan, Mr Trewick and Carlyle were all directors in the firm, which transports goods to countries all over the world. …

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