April 2001

Court hears how VLT addiction spawned scheme

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She began by spending her life savings. When those funds were depleted, she blew her paycheques and maxed out her credit cards with cash advances, which she pumped into video lottery terminals.

But that wasn't enough money to feed the addiction that had taken hold of her. So Christine Cecylia Armstrong started to forge her husband's cheques. To supplement those ill-gotten funds, she sold off a diamond from her wedding ring for $1,000.

It wasn't until all of those avenues were exhausted that Armstrong began siphoning money from her employer, defence lawyer Vic Russell explained Monday.