SOME POOR DUDE is being hauled in front of the law for stealing millions of dollars from his employer and spending about a quarter of it on the kind of game that uses cleavage to promote itself and relies on players investing in gewgaws.
Game of War is the title in question, and for some reason it uses at least one underwear model, and one Mariah Carey, in its advertisements for a top down strategy game. We don't make the rules, and we don't make up the news.
This sad tale is played out on the US Department of Justice pages and sees our game-liking, money-stealing pal pleading guilty to fraud and money laundering charges. This is just the kind of cyber caper that the US authorities like to throw a book at, and we aren't talking about a Game of War strategy guide either.
Kevin Lee Co, who is a surprising 45-years-old and comes from Rocklin, California, stuffed his pockets with stolen cash while working as an accounting controller for a company called Holt.
It is reckoned that he pinched $4.8bn (around £3.8bn) during a seven-year embezzlement spree, and spent it on things like luxury cars, home furniture and tickets to sporting events. $1m (around £800k) of the cash was blown on Game of War crap.
Combined the charges against him could lead to 40 years in prison and a fine of $750,000 (around £590,000) or over. So let's hope he didn't blow all of his money on virtual swords, fancy Honda cars, dental grills, and that kind of crap.
"Co is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Troy L. Nunley on May 26, 2017. Co faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the wire fraud charge," said the DoJ.
"For the money laundering charge, Co also faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000, or twice the value of the property involved in the money laundering transactions." µ
Much a (dil)do about nothing
Neither the time nor the face
The tiny tweaks are coming thick and fast now
Gitting more secure