Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Relationship Between Embezzlement Cases And Gambling


A Saint Joseph man was sentenced to one year in jail this week for embezzling thousands of dollars from his church. 46 year old Jon Ruppel was also ordered to pay about 192 thousand dollars in restitution to Saint Peter's United Church of Christ, and serve five years of probation. According to the Herald Palladium, the judge indicated in court that Ruppel's crimes were in part due to a gambling problem and casino visits, which raises a question -- how many of the embezzlement cases we've seen lately are due to the same addiction? Patrick Witri, President of the Michigan Association on Problem Gambling, tells us that just having a casino nearby won't necessarily drive someone into that sort of compulsive behavior, in and of itself:

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