Hardly in keeping with the calm and honest theme of our site we have spotted reports in the news recently of a school office manager using here schools funding to support her online bingo addiction. Unfortunately, this is becoming increasingly common, with addiction levels rising to their highest ever, Fuelled by the amazing increase and availability of online bingo to anyone who chooses to play it has become so easy to participate in a game at any time of day from practically any location that a serious number of individuals have fallen into the trap of chasing their losses and becoming compelled to play online night and day.
The woman in question, Claire Mosby, 28 from Leeds, stole a reported £31,000 from school funds, syphoning it off between 2009 – 2011. Quietly funding her bingo habit had clearly become an art for Claire who only came under suspicion after a report for the school dinner monies received was brought under question for being too low. A shortfall of £17,000 was discovered which led to further investigation from the school board committee. Evidence appeared to be uncovered from a further search which indicated that Mosby may well have been tied into the missing funds, including regular withdrawals from a bank machine near a Mecca Bingo hall and various payments to online bingo and gambling websites. Mosby has denied the allegations and the trial continues.
One thing that we have to take from this story is that if you feel your bingo playing is getting out of control make sure you seek help as quickly as possible. Bingo is one of the most fun and social games around but there’s always a downside that you need to keep your eye on. If you think you’re having problems then it’s worth having a talk with someone who knows about these things at GamCare.org.uk on 0808 8020 133, 8am to midnight, 7 days a week.