EuroMillions winner who blew his £164,000 prize is jailed after swindling 25 victims out of £34k

EuroMillions winner who blew his £164,000 prize on gambling addiction is jailed for 12 months after swindling 25 victims out of £34K in Snapchat luxury clothing scam

  • Reece Casey, 31, scammed £34,000 from 25 victims he defrauded via Snapchat
  • He told them he could get a 40% discount at luxury clothing company Flannels
  • In 2018 he won £54k from William Hill and in 2019 he got £164k on Euromillions
  • Casey was jailed for 12 months after admitting fraud at Newcastle Crown Court 

Reece Casey (pictured) scammed £34,000 from 25 victims by claiming he could get a 40 per cent discount from luxury clothing company Flannels

Reece Casey (pictured) scammed £34,000 from 25 victims by claiming he could get a 40 per cent discount from luxury clothing company Flannels

A gambling addict who began defrauding people out of money after squandering a £164,000 EuroMillions win has been jailed for 12 months.

Reece Casey scammed £34,000 from 25 victims by claiming he could get a 40 per cent discount from luxury clothing company Flannels. 

The 31-year-old left his victims out of pocket after defrauding them via Snapchat in June last year.

Newcastle Crown Court heard that Casey began an ‘entrenched lifestyle of gambling’ after working off-shore. 

In 2018 he won £54,000 from betting firm William Hill, before going on to pocket £164,000 a year later on the EuroMillions. 

But despite his wins, Casey ‘squandered’ the thousands by gambling after developing an addiction – it was then he took the decision to begin defrauding people.

On Wednesday Casey returned to the court 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 offence 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 per cent reduction at Flannels as he had a friend who worked there. 

Newcastle Crown Court (pictured) heard that Casey began an 'entrenched lifestyle of gambling' after working off-shore

Newcastle Crown Court (pictured) heard that Casey began an ‘entrenched lifestyle of gambling’ after working off-shore

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 buying items using an inheritance she received from her mother 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 had started when he was 15 years old. 

She said: ‘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 realised his gambling addiction was extremely bad and he put several blocks in place to exclude himself from gambling.’

Sentencing Casey, from Dudley in the West Midlands, Judge Stephen Earl jailed him for 12 months.

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