As the result of gambling addiction and stealing $1.6 million from her former employer, a 55-year-old Donna Duffer was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Her employer, the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau, was not the only one to suffer. Her co-workers had to pay back taxes as Duffer had stolen the withholdings from paychecks. He husband had to sell their home and move into a trailer.
Everything started after her 68-year-old husband George had had a heart attack. He had to hand the family finances over to Donna. She started gambling secretly spending lots of time gambling in online casinos. The family were unaware about family finances. The decision to join Gambler’s Anonymous came too late. It was followed by 9 months without gambling before her sentencing.