What would you do if you woke up with $5 million in your bank account? Probably most of you are thinking right now about awesome gaming rigs, expensive cars, yachts, trips abroad, castles, or other luxurious items.
Well, it would seem that an accountant manager from California saw his dream come true. However, the odds were not in his favor. Kevin Lee Co, Holtz’s ex-chief accountant, has been recently found guilty of engaging in a scheme to defraud his company of $5 million.
From 2008 to 2015, Lee Co has conducted thousands of unauthorized credit card transactions using the company’s bank account. To cover his tracks, the ex Holtz employee has falsified the records and misled the company’s bank on numerous occasions.
His financial scheme enriched his account by $5 million. And that’s not all. Seeing that his scheme worked, Lee Co started spending his ‘rightfully’ owned money on various luxurious items.
During the mentioned period, the ex-accountant bought himself luxury automobiles, furniture for his home, and tickets to various NFL matches. But it gets even better. Apart from being a brilliant accountant, Lee Co was also an inveterate gamer.
And what else could he have done with all that moolah than spend it on game items? According to Lee Co’s testimony, the man spent no less than $1 million on items and gear in the Game of War mobile game.
As you may recall, Game of War won some notoriety back in 2015, after the Kate Upton commercial. As a genre, Game of War is a free-to-play MMORPG. However, there’s a catch to it: the game is indeed free to play, but if you want better weapons and gear, you’ll need to cough up the dough.
And the more you play it, the more money you will invest in it. In 2015, a single Game of War player bought items adding up to $9,500. However, even he was unable to topple Lee Co’s mind-boggling investment.
Well, it would seem that the tables have turned for the ex-accountant. Lee Co now has to return approximately $4 million to the company, and he his more than likely to spend the next 20 years behind bars.
As for the mobile game, what can we say? It’s fun to play at first, but the ‘insert more money here’ routine is really becoming a turn-off.
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