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Australian Gambler Jailed for Stealing

21 May 2004

AUSTRALIA – As reported by the (Australia) Age.com: "Camberwell woman with a $19 million (US$13.3 million) poker machine habit was jailed yesterday for stealing more than $1.65 million (US$1.16 million).

"The County Court heard that between 2001 and 2003, accounts manager Ching Yee Wu, 35, stole 174 cheques worth more than $1.46 million from her employer, United Motor Auctions. From 1999 to 2003, Wu also paid herself an extra $193,243, in what Judge John Nixon described as a 'calculated course of dishonest conduct'. Her actions had severely affected the company's viability, he said.

"…Wu had been a member of a casino loyalty program for high-level gamblers since 1996. It was estimated that between 1996 and 2003 she had spent about $19.32 million on poker machines…"

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