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Gambling & Crime- Hand in Hand

Posted: Wed Nov 10, 2010 12:46 pm
by Administrator
Problem and compulsive gambling can sometimes cause individuals to do things they would not ordinarily do such as commit illegal acts to fund their addiction. Often times, problem gamblers will start out writing bad checks which can turn to forging signatures on the checks of loved ones or friends, stealing money and valuables from people and embezzling from the workplace. There are other illegal activities compulsive gamblers get caught up in as well such as selling drugs or stolen property and even prostitution. The compulsive gambler will go to extreme means to obtain money, which is the drug with this illness. According to statistics gathered from the HelpLine, almost one third of the callers stated that the gambler did commit illegal acts. The most common acts cited were fraud (bad checks, forgery, etc…), larceny/theft, embezzlement and other (selling drugs, booking, prostitution, etc…). It is also important to note that almost one in five were also subject to legal action because of their gambling problem. These actions included civil suits, divorce, arrest, probation and jail/prison time. In a recent groundbreaking new study conducted by the FCCG that looked at the prison population in Tampa, Florida, 17.4% of the inmates showed serious to severe problems due to gambling. The statistics are telling, problem gambling and crime go together like chocolate and peanut butter. If you or someone you know has a problem, call 1-888-ADMIT-IT for resources that can help.