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Facebook poker scam man faces prison

2/2/2011
A British man is to be jailed after he admitted stealing online poker chips.

IT expert Ashley Mitchell of Paignton, Devon infiltrated the Zynga Corporation and took 400 billion chips before passing them on to fake Facebook accounts he had created. He was then able to sell the chips over the internet at reduced rates. The 29-year-old only actually made a profit of around £50,000, even though the chips he stole were worth a total of £7.4 million. However, the prosecution claimed that had he got round to selling all of the chips, Mitchell would have made about £184,000.

Mitchell – whose defence barrister claimed was suffering from a gambling addiction at the time of the crimes – admitted one charge of causing a computer to perform a function to secure unauthorised access to a programme or data held in a computer with intent to commit an offence. He also faces four counts of converting criminal property under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Judge Phillip Wassall told Mitchell: "It is inevitable you are going to prison. The question is how long for.”
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