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New Jersey Woman Falsely Claims Identity Theft After 10K Online Gambling Loss

Written by:
Ace King
Published on:
May/05/2014
New Jersey Woman Falsely Claims Identity Theft After 10K Online Gambling Loss

A Jackson, New Jersey woman claimed she had her identity stolen after losing $10,000 to a state-licensed online gambling site.  State police charged the woman Monday with Theft by Deception.

 

John Brennan of The Record published the New Jersey State Police statement on this matter:

“In January, the New Jersey State Police, working cooperatively with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, began investigating a complaint from Diana Zolla, 31, of Jackson Township, alleging that someone had used her maiden name to create an online gaming account. Zolla maintained that her identity was stolen, and that the large online gambling debt of $9,565 did not belong to her.

By reviewing banking, online gaming, and internet service provider records, detectives from the New Jersey State Police Casino Gaming Bureau and the Financial Crimes Investigations Unit determined that Zolla was responsible for creating the fraudulent account.

Theft by Deception is a third degree criminal offense. Zolla has since been released.  

She must also appear before the Atlantic County Superior Court.

“People who gamble online may be tempted to fabricate an identity theft complaint in order to avoid paying their debt,” said Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “This criminal activity can only make a bad situation worse. The New Jersey State Police and the Division of Gaming Enforcement will continue to work cooperatively to aggressively enforce state laws that govern online gaming.”

“The Division of Gaming Enforcement and the State Police are committed to working together to deter fraudulent activity and instill confidence in internet gaming operations for all involved, including players, platform providers, and payment processors,” said David Rebuck, Director of the Division of Gaming Enforcement. “Suspicious transactions are thoroughly investigated, and as this case shows, attempts to defraud New Jersey casinos will not be tolerated.

- Ace King, Gambling911.com

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