A gambling addict who admitted conducting a 20,000 mortgage fraud without his wifes knowledge has escaped jail and been given a six-month community order.
Mark Hingston from Kettering admitted lying to his then-wife about the extra 20,000 taken out as part of a joint mortgage application, which he used to fund his habit.
In total Hingston ran up a 52,000 debt hidden from his wife, the Northamptonshire Telegraph reported.
After admitting two counts of fraud by false representation and one of theft, Hingston was spared jail by Her Honour Judge Adrienne Lucking QC at Northampton Crown Court on 4 January.
In sentencing, Judge Lucking was sympathetic to his attempts to tackle his addiction, which included installing an app…