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Reece Casey: EuroMillions winner who blew his £164,000 prize on gambling addiction is jailed

Reece Casey: EuroMillions winner who blew his £164,000 prize on gambling addiction is jailed

A gambling addict who began defrauding people after squandering a £164,000 EuroMillions win was sentenced to a year in prison.

Reece Casey conned £34,000 from 25 victims by claiming he could get a 40% discount from luxury clothing company Flannels.

The 31-year-old left his victims out of pocket after defrauding them on Snapchat in June of last year.

Newcastle Crown Court heard that Casey began an ‘entrenched lifestyle of gambling’ after working off-shore.

Reece Casey: EuroMillions winner who blew his £164,000 prize on gambling addiction is jailed

In 2018, he won £54,000 from betting firm William Hill before going on to win £164,000 on the EuroMillions a year later.

Despite his wins, Casey’squandered’ thousands of dollars by gambling after developing an addiction, and it was then that he decided to start defrauding people.

Casey returned to court on Wednesday to be sentenced for fraud after pleading guilty to the single charge at a previous hearing. The sentencing had previously been postponed in order to gather more information about the crime.

Prosecutor Katie Spence stated in a previous court appearance that Casey 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 because he had a friend who worked there.

‘A friend of the defendant responded to the offer and ordered multiple items,’ she said. He also purchased gifts for other friends and family members.’ Ms Spence went on to say that those who had been duped had sent their money to Casey.

The court heard that one woman sent over £4,500 to Casey, while another purchased items with an inheritance from her mother, who had died. Another woman incurred financial loss after purchasing items for her husband’s birthday.

Newcastle Crown Court (pictured) heard that Casey began an 'entrenched lifestyle of gambling' after working off-shore
Newcastle Crown Court (pictured) heard that Casey began an ‘entrenched lifestyle of gambling’ after working off-shore

Kelly Sherif, defending, said Casey had shown ‘extreme remorse’ and said he was unaware there were so many victims as he had only dealt with three personally.

She said he had an ‘entrenched lifestyle of gambling’, which had started when he was 15 years old.

She said: ‘In 2018, he won £58,000 from William Hill and in 2019 won £164,000 on the EuroMillions, and he squandered that money on betting. At that time, he realised his gambling addiction was extremely bad and he put several blocks in place to exclude himself from gambling.’

Sentencing Casey, from Dudley in the West Midlands, Judge Stephen Earl jailed him for 12 months.

source:summarybio.com