Bingo Addiction Gets Pensioner Involved With Loan Sharks

Bingo Addiction Gets Pensioner Involved With Loan Sharks

Written by: Glo Wood on 29/08/2012 00:15

A pensioner’s bingo addiction got her involved with loan sharks. Doris Chambers, 63, discovered online bingo after she lost her job.

The early days of online gambling brought Chambers some luck but it soon caught up to her. She turned to high interest lenders who soon resorted to threats to obtain payments from her. She filed for bankruptcy but not before she discretely sold and investment property.

New Castle Judge, Brian Forster said: “This case must stand as a warning to the public of the dangers of becoming obsessed with online and other gambling.

“Your gambling seemed to be just out of control. You lived in the hope, like others, that there would be some great jackpot but there was to be none.”

During routine screenings for her bankruptcy case, the sale of her property was discovered and she was arrested but she had already spent her £35,000 profits to pay back the loan sharks.

After suspending an eight-month jail sentence, Judge Forster said: “The offence is serious and strikes at our system but I accept the explanation for what took place.”

Chambers admitted fraudulently disposing of property and making a material omission by failing to reveal the sale in her bankruptcy statement.

Defending attorney, Richard Copsey said: “She has tried to put this behind her and the shock of it stopped her gambling almost overnight.”

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