Court Orders Man to Pay Back $1.5 Million Stolen to Play Blackjack 02.07.2012

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It is payback time for Bank of America as they were awarded over $1.5 million by a judge in Flint, Michigan who ordered Ronald Page to pay back the bank the money he stole and used to play high stakes blackjack.

The whole saga started back in 2009 when Page, a retired General Motors autoworker in his mid-50’s discovered that his bank debit card is allowing him to withdraw unlimited amounts of money from an ATM that is located at one of his favorite casinos.

Page repeated the process and also tried it on the ATM machines of two other casinos. He was able to withdraw huge amounts ranging from around $50,000 and up to half a million dollars, each time wasting the money in playing sessions at the blackjack tables.

It took the Bank of America 2 weeks to realize that their ATM’s were affected by some computer glitch by which point Page already spent two whole weeks wasting all that money at the blackjack tables. His defense lawyer Richard Morgan claimed that his client was a recovering alcoholic and drug user that substituted these addictions with a gambling addiction and said that the ATM issuing money was for Page “like giving a junkie crack cocaine”.

Page himself stated that he is “completely apologetic… I knew I was wrong. I was sick…. But I plan to get well.” And he will start his road to recovery after he spends the 15 months he was sentenced to in prison and will need to pay back Bank of America the money he stole from his $2,000 monthly pension check.

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