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Embezzlement charges often linked to gaming

Published On: Apr 08 2013 10:04:21 AM CDT

APPLETON, Wis. -

A closer look at some high-profile embezzlement cases in the Fox Valley shows a connection to compulsive gambling.

Rose Gruber is the executive director of the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling. Gruber said the majority of gamblers who steal from their employers are otherwise law-abiding citizens and, for the most part, have never been in trouble before.

Recently, the treasurer of the Fox Valley Youth Baseball League was sentenced to two months in jail and placed on probation for stealing $20,000 from the organization. The defendant blamed a gambling addiction.

The Post-Crescent reported an Appleton woman also blamed compulsive gambling for embezzling more than $300,000 from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Prosecutors dropped the case after an agreement was reached with the company. The woman was required to pay back the misappropriated funds.

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