May 7, 2024 2 min read


Gambling Addiction Drives Brisbane Court Worker to Commit Fraud, Theft

The man was sentenced after pleading guilty to three counts of fraud and five counts of stealing

It is not uncommon for people affected by at-risk or problem gambling to engage in unlawful activities. While some may resort to violent crimes, others may consider embezzlement, fraud or theft. This is precisely the case of a former public servant with the Department of Justice in Brisbane, Australia, who was recently sentenced.

The case in question involves a 28-year-old male identified with the initials B.K.F., who pleaded guilty to five counts of stealing and three counts of fraud Tuesday, as announced by The Age. The court heard that the young man, who used to work with the Department of Justice, mishandled laptops that did not belong to him.

More concerningly, some of those devices may have contained sensitive information which was put at risk as a result of the actions of the young man. The criminal activities date back to 2022 and 2023. At that time, the 28-year-old misused laptops by delivering them to Cash Converters stores.

Leaving an item at such a store allows the person to receive short-term loans. This is precisely what the young man did and regretfully, the money he obtained was used for gambling activities. The man allegedly misused such devices on several occasions.

The Young Man Regrets His Actions

Magistrate Ross Mack was responsible for the sentencing of the 28-year-old. Following the guilty plea, the man was sentenced to a 12-month jail term, fully suspended. Additionally, Mack sentenced the young man to 200 hours of community service.

The Magistrate acknowledged that transactions completed by the young man were not significant in monetary value, considering that each transaction was approximately AU$120 ($80). Yet, Mack said that the sentence “needs to be a marker to provide general deterrence,” adding that it is not the monetary value of the goods that were misused by the contents of those goods which were “quite significant.”

Jack Kennedy, who spoke on behalf of his client, explained that the young man used laptops that did not belong to him in order to gain access to short-term loans and continue gambling. Admitting that his client was suffering from problem gambling, he said that on some occasions, the 28-year-old had up to AU$40,000 ($26,500) debt.

Still, Kennedy said that the young man did not have any previous criminal history and regretted his actions. He said that his client used gambling in order to deal with stress in his life.


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