Poker Scam Leads to Jail Time

A British man, Ashely Mitchell, faces jail time for stealing poker chips from the Zynga Corporation.

Mitchell, who claims that he suffers from a gambling addiction, hacked his way into the Zynga Corporation’s server and took about 7.4 million Pounds of poker chips. He then distributed them to fake Facebook profiles that he had created for himself.

This attempt to hide the stolen currency didn’t do Mitchell much good.

Instead of using the chips to play Zynga’s poker game, which Mitchell might have found too risky to try, he used the fake Facebook profiles to sell chips to other people at discounted rates.

Mitchell was only able to make 50,000 Pounds selling the ill-gotten poker chips online. He wasn’t, however, able to sell all of them. Prosecutors estimate that, had he managed to sell all of the chips he stole, Mitchell would have made about 184,000 Pounds

That’s a lot of money, but nothing compared to 7.4 billion.

Mitchell has admitted to using a computer to gain unauthorized access to the Zynga Corporation’s network. Although found guilty of the crime, a judge has not yet determined how much jail time Mitchell will get for his misdeeds.

This should be a wake up call to people who seem to believe that committing illegal acts online have no repercussions in the real world.

Nearly every court system in the world is behind the times. They do, however, understand that online theft is real. It doesn’t happen in a fake reality. It has damaging effects on companies that rely on Internet technology to make profits.

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~ by facebookhoaxes on February 3, 2011.

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