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Connection between gambling addiction, embezzlement is common

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.

There are several possible symptoms of gambling addiction. They include:

  • Preoccupation with gambling
  • Inability to stop or cut back on gambling
  • Gambling to escape problems or mood disorder
  • Continuing to gamble to try to even out prior losses
  • Strained or lost relationships due to gambling

As with other addictions, gambling addiction is treatable. But until the person receives help, his or her judgment can be severely compromised.

Someone who is arrested and charged with embezzlement or similar white collar crime may benefit more from treatment for addiction than a lengthy prison sentence. Depending on the circumstances, a defense attorney may be able to get the client the help he or she needs. For those who have not done what the prosecution accuses them of, the attorney will mount an aggressive defense.

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