A EUROMILLIONS winner squandered his £164,000 prize before stealing tens of thousands in a Snapchat scam.
Reece Casey, 31, scammed £34,000 from 25 victims by claiming he could get a 40% discount from luxury clothing company Flannels.
He left his victims out of pocket after defrauding them via social media app Snapchat in June last year, a court heard.
In 2018, Casey went on to win £54,000 from betting firm William Hill, before pocketing a £164,000 jackpot a year later from EuroMillions.
But despite his mammoth wins, Casey “squandered” the thousands gambling after developing an addiction before then deciding to defraud others.
Newcastle Crown Court heard that he began an “entrenched lifestyle of gambling” after working off-shore.
On Wednesday, Casey returned to court to be sentenced for fraud after pleading guilty to the single charge at a previous hearing.
The sentencing had previously been adjourned so that more information regarding the offense could be gathered.
At a previous court appearance, Katie Spence, prosecuting, said Casey defrauded 25 people in Sunderland out of a total of £34,000 after advertising on Snapchat that he could get a 40% reduction at Flannels as he had a friend who worked there.
She said: “A friend of the defendant responded to the offer and ordered multiple items.
“He also ordered items for other friends and family.”
Ms Spence added that those who had been defrauded had sent their money to Casey.
The court heard that one woman sent over £4,500 to Casey, with another woman buying items using an inheritance she received from her mum who had passed away.
Another woman lost money after buying items for her husband’s birthday.
Kelly Sherif, defending, said Casey had shown “extreme remorse” and said he was unaware there were so many victims as he had only dealt with three personally.
She said he had an “entrenched lifestyle of gambling”, which he started when he was 15 years old.
Kelly added: “In 2018, he won £58,000 from William Hill and in 2019 won £164,000 on the EuroMillions, and he squandered that money on betting.
At that time, he realized his gambling addiction was extremely bad and he put several blocks in place to exclude himself from gambling.
Sentencing Casey, of Maughan Street, Dudley, West Midlands, Judge Stephen Earl jailed him for 12 months.
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