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Gambling addict and conman jailed for 5 years

A man from Perth, Australia, who cheated victims out of A$200,000 to fuel his gambling addiction has been jailed for five years.

Anthony George Collie, 32, pleaded guilty to 14 charges including fraud and attempting to steal shares, according to local news.

A court heard that Collie frequently visited Perth’s sole casino and those in Sydney and Melbourne.

Judge Richard Keen said the offending was “serious and calculated.”

“You acknowledged the thrill of getting away with your ongoing offending, which was also a motivating factor for your continued offending, which funded the lifestyle of travel and visiting casinos,” Perth Now news quoted Keen as saying.

Collie must serve at least three years before he will be eligible for parole.

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