Gambling Addict Faces Prison After Gambling During Supervised Release

By McCarton Ackerman 07/26/16

The 50-year-old committed the gambling violation almost immediately after beginning 36 months of federal probation.

 Gambling Addict Faces Prison After Gambling During Supervised Release

A gambling addict and convicted embezzler could be headed back to prison after defying a judge’s order to not gamble while out on supervised release.

The Journal Inquirer reported that Patricia Baddeley-Meehan, 50, faces up to two more years in prison on a charge of violating the terms of her supervised release. She pleaded not guilty and is free on $75,000 bond until her Aug. 9 trial, but will be required to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet. Baddeley-Meehan will be confined to her home apart from attending appointments and religious services.

The Hartford Courant reported that she was sentenced to 46 months in prison in February 2010 after stealing $1.7 million over a period of five years from her employer, a Connecticut law firm, to fuel her gambling habit. She pleaded guilty to two counts of mail fraud and one count of filing a false tax return. After being released early in August 2013, she began 36 months of federal probation.

But despite being ordered not to gamble while on probation, she began heading to Foxwoods casino also immediately. She used her casino player card at least 10 times in 2014 and amassed winnings of more than $43,000. Prosecutors tried to revoke her probation after she was arrested in September 2014 for stealing over $40,000 from a hair salon where she was employed as a receptionist.

U.S. District Court Judge Stefan Underhill decided not to revoke her probation in February 2015 and once again ordered her to stop gambling. However, Meehan was back gambling at Foxwoods just one day later, and simply stopped using her player card. She played the slot machines four times in March and won another $7,000. Authorities discovered this because a player is required to show ID and cash out in person when they win more than $1,200 at a slot machine. 

Baddeley-Meehan has also reportedly not been keeping up with the $1.9 million payment she was ordered to pay back to the law firm. Authorities claim she has only paid back just over $8,000.

Last month, the New York Times reported that a lawyer for former Wall Street executive Andrew Caspersen blamed gambling addiction for his alleged Ponzi-like scheme that defrauded both his family members and a hedge fund foundation of nearly $40 million over 18 months. The lawyer claimed Caspersen’s gambling addiction lasted for over a decade and resulted in making bets that ran over $20 million, but has been treated for “compulsive gambling and mental health illness” since his arrest in March. 

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.