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Gambling Addiction and Crime

Post by Administrator » Wed Oct 15, 2014 9:32 am

The FCCG strives to educate the public on gambling addiction and the negative consequences that come along with it. One of these ills is illegal activity. Sometimes compulsive gamblers will do things that are atypical of their normal behavior to finance their addiction. It may start out by writing bad checks to local stores or pawning items in order to obtain money, but as the addiction progresses, it can quickly turn into stealing from friends and family as well as committing fraud and embezzling from the workplace.

Gambling addicts will actually try to rationalize their actions by saying “I am just borrowing this money and will put it back once I win big”. This is a common “justification” that the gambler makes. More times than not, the gambler will be caught engaging in illegal activity and often times this leads to arrests, time in jail and long stretches of probation.

Approximately one third of callers to the FCCG HelpLine state that the gambler has committed crimes to finance their addiction.

Don’t wait to reach out. Specialists are standing by right now to provide resources and assistance that can help!

The FCCG is here to help! If you or someone you know has a problem, call the 24-hour, bilingual, confidential 1-888-ADMIT-IT HelpLine for resources and referrals.

Common Illegal Activities among gambling addicts
Passing bad checks
Fraudulent acts and schemes
Larceny/Theft
Embezzlement
Dealing in stolen property
Selling drugs
Engaging in prostitution
Booking
Illegal gambling

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