Jail for gambling NTCA volunteer

A former cricket official from Westbury has been jailed for up to 15 months after stealing more than $90,500.

Roy Frederick James, 53, was the volunteer finance director at the Northern Tasmania Cricket Association when he began pilfering the body's funds.

The former senior cricket umpire told police that 75 per of the money had been gambled away.

James held a mistaken belief that he could beat the house at black jack.

The accused transferred the money in to his bank account in amounts ranging from $1000 to $5000 a couple of times a month over the course of a year. 

The retail manager handed himself in to police in September 2013. 

Yesterday in Launceston's Supreme Court Justice David Porter said James had engaged in a sustained course of deception. 

He ordered James serve a non-parole period of eight months.