Woman steals $ 680,000 for gambling that never paid off

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A screenshot of Heart of Vegas

Screenshot: Heart of Vegas

A woman has pleaded guilty to fraud charges after she used her account manager position at a veterinary hospital to steal around $ 680,000, which she spent all on a mobile gambling game that didn’t and could never pay with real money.

As the ABC reports Rachel Naomi Perri, from Tasmania, Australia, appeared in court on Monday with “25 counts of computer fraud and one count of fraud,” over allegations that she made 475 “fraudulent transactions” during from the three years she was employed in the hospital (2016-2019), stealing a total of 940,221 AUD (680,000 USD).

These transactions were made to support his gambling addiction Heart of Vegas, which was incredibly not an online gaming portal paying out real money, but a video game that simulated real slots and paid its winnings into the in-game virtual currency. That means it doesn’t matter how many How much money Perri spent and how much she earned, she would never see a penny of real money that she could withdraw from the game.

Here are the terms of Heart of Vegas, listed on the game’s website and store pages:

The games are intended for an adult audience. The games do not offer a “real money bet” or an opportunity to win real money or prizes. Practice or success at social casino gambling does not imply future success at “real money gambling”.

Perri, who was diagnosed with “severe gambling disorder”, had also “fraudulently pulled out a $ 30,000 credit card in her husband’s name without her knowledge”, totaling an additional $ 24,000 of Heart of Vegas debt on the card. The court heard that she had also “taken out several credit cards and personal loans” to further compound her losses. She pleaded guilty almost instantly, claiming that she was “waiting for a knock on the door.”

For three years, Perri had managed to get away with transactions; It wasn’t until she was fired in 2019 that the vet discovered “anomalies” with their bank statements, in which she had encrypted money in “a variety of bank accounts, credit cards and personal loans in his name “. She will be sentenced next month.


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