Gambling-Addiction defense fails Palm Beach embezzler

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Donna Duffer, former Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau controller, blamed a gambling addiction for her embezzlement of $1.6 million from the bureau. The theft, uncovered last fall, left the bureau’s budget in tatters and cost some staffers their jobs. Duffer stole withholdings from employee paychecks, leaving many employees holding the bag for back tax bills.

Judge Lucy Chernow Brown said that Duffer alone—not her employer, her family or her gambling—was responsible for her crimes, and sentenced her to 10 years in prison.

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