There are many reasons why people who commit white collar crimes do what they do. Sometimes, embezzlement is the result of a person who has gotten into terrible financial trouble, has become desperate, and does something they would not normally do. They are not career criminals, but someone in the grip of an addiction or compulsion.
Gambling addiction is a serious problem in the U.S., according to Psych Central. Perhaps 2 to 4 percent of country is addicted to gambling. With millions of people potentially struggling with a compulsion to gamble, it is perhaps not surprising that some of them have been entrusted with money belonging to their employer, clients or other third party, and have found the temptation to take some of it too strong to resist.