Gambling Addict EuroMillions Winner Scammed Victims Out Of £34,000 After Losing His Cash

A gambling addict who won £164,000 on the EuroMillions and £54,000 from William Hill has been jailed for conning residents in Sunderland out of £34,000, after blowing all his cash.

Reece Casey, 31, has been jailed for 12 months at Newcastle Crown Court
Reece Casey, 31, has been jailed for 12 months at Newcastle Crown Court

31-year-old Reece Casey has been jailed for conning 25 victims out of £34,000 by claiming he could get them a 40% discount from luxury clothing company Flannels.

Casey scammed his victims in June last year via the social media app Snapchat.

In 2018, Casey won £54,000 gambling from William Hill, and then the following year he pocketed £164,000 on a EuroMillions win.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how despite his huge financial gains, Casey "squandered" all of the money gambling after developing a serious addiction before making to decision to start defrauding people.

At an earlier court hearing, Casey had pleaded guilty to a single charge of fraud. Katie Spence, prosecuting, said Casey had defrauded 25 people in Sunderland out of a total of £34,000 after advertising on Snapchat that he could get a 40% discount at Flannels as he had a friend who worked there.

Defending Casey, Ms Kelly Sherif, claimed that her client had shown "extreme remorse" and said he was unaware there were so many victims as he had only dealt with three personally.

She added that he had an "entrenched lifestyle of gambling", which began when he was just 15 years old.

Ms Sherif said that after losing all his winnings "he realised his gambling addiction was extremely bad and he put several blocks in place to exclude himself from gambling."

Judge Stephen Earl sentenced Casey, of Dudley, to 12 months in prison.

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