Gambling Addict Sentenced for Stealing $80,000

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This week a Blanchard, Oklahoma woman was sentenced to four years probation after she pleaded guilty to stealing $80,000 from her employer to fund her gambling addiction.

April Ledgerwood was sentenced in an Oklahoma federal court for wire fraud after she embezzled the money from her employer, Dalton Mortgage Group from February to October 2015. She had served as an office manager for the company, and she created fake vendor accounts to send money via PayPal to herself. She then used her money to pay for her gambling habit.

Speaking to the court Ledgerwood said, "This addiction took over my life." She also noted that she's been baking cakes to make restitution payments to the company that she charged.

Judge Scott Park gave Ledgerwood a sentence of four years probation and $81,001 in restitution as well as 120 hours of community service.

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24 August 2018 - 9:06am
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sad to see how addiction takes over someone's life. Hopefully he is fine. I encountered many of the same events in some people I knew.

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24 August 2018 - 11:26am
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That's really crazy and kind of eye opening, how bad it can get for some people. To be honest, it's lucky that the person didn't get an actual prison sentence.

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27 August 2018 - 5:36pm
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Reading a stories like these there's no way of we all as a gamblers not feeling sorry for the person involved and wondering if we could ever loose control so much and wrap so deep that in fact would need to stealing or cheat to survive.
I feel for this woman but in the same time I think she's been lucky to be sentenced just to a probation and a restitution of the money she stole (in one way or another) plus an interest of just 1 buck.