Friday April 26,2013 : UK ONLINE BINGO ADDICT LOST CONTROL
Woman stole almost GBP 120,000 from a family member
The Ayreshire Sheriff's Court in the UK heard this week that online bingo player Karen Moore burned through almost GBP 120,000 of her 84-year-old uncle's savings to feed her need to play.
Moore's lawyers reminded the court that she had made efforts to adjust her uncle's losses by a personal repayment of GBP 17,226, and that she had put all her winnings, which amounted to GBP 52,250, back into her uncle's account, and that he had been reluctant to charge her.
The aged uncle died three months before the case came to court.
They acknowledged, however, that some GBP 50,000 remained outstanding, and that Moore had lost control of her betting, on one occasion blowing through GBP 10,400 in a single night of bingo.
The Ayreshire Post regional newspaper reports that when Moore's uncle, Franciso Barerra, entered a care home in 2010, she was given access to his substantial bank account, and in just over a year she had gambled away GBP 119,678 of the balance.
At one point Moore’s compulsive gambling left Barerra GBP 10,000 in arrears to his nursing home, the court heard.
To her credit, Moore surrendered herself to the local police and admitted her wrongdoing, her lawyers submitted. The accused had no previous convictions, although as a carer herself she had been entrusted with clients' monies.
Furthermore, the lawyer said, the beneficiaries of Barerra's will had indicated to him that they did not want the outstanding GBP 50,000 to be claimed as part of the estate.
Sheriff Desmond Leslie deferred sentence until he had the opportunity to inspect the will and verify that the beneficiaries did not require compensation. Moore will appear again in May.