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UK Woman Jailed after Stealing $490,000 to Fund Her Gambling Addiction

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UK Woman Jailed after Stealing $490,000 to Fund Her Gambling Addiction

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Jay Delaney, a UK woman, has been sentenced to five years in prison after stealing £388,000 ($490,000) from 38 people to fund her gambling addiction. Ste stole the money from 38 people after conning them to hand over their life savings.

The Scam Was Ongoing between 2015 and 2020

The 32-year-old woman managed to steal the money by telling friends and colleagues that she was included in a massive investment scheme. The 38 victims were convinced of the lies and while they believed that they are investing their life savings into a potentially profitable investment, Delaney used the money to fund her online gambling addiction.

Her first scam took place in 2015 and continued until 2020. Many of the thefts took place in 2020 and she managed to embezzle such a high amount by telling people that she works for Aviva and could double their investments within a couple of years.

Eventually, Delaney confessed to her parents about the massive scheme and asked her father to report her to the police. Even though authorities arrested Delaney in 2019, they let her go on bail. Instead of learning her lesson, the fraudster continued to embezzle money from people and stole around £50,000 ($63,000) after she was released.

One of the Victims Had to Declare Bankruptcy

Christopher Martin, Delaney’s legal counselor, stated that Delaney started gambling when she was 19 and instead of living a lavish life, she spent the money to gamble more. She joined a…

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