Financial Officer and Bingo Addict

Financial officer at Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge, Jacqueline Balaam was arrested in 2014 on fraud charges and was sentenced this week to two and a half years in jail.

Balaam, 41, had an online bingo addiction and was convicted in the Cambridge Crown Court.

She falsified invoices at the college and stole £285,986.18 over the course of nearly two years from June 2012 and January 2014. She was also the treasurer at the Girton Social Club, where she also took £3,198.

According to reports, Balaam likely made and lost £6 million while gambling online during the height of her addiction.

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  • United States chillymellow


    OMG. If not for the grace of my good upbringing, this could have been me. I used to work in colleges and universities and more than once played online bingo at work. Stealing money to play never crossed my mind.

    This lady makes college administrators, women, and bingo players all look bad. I think the look on her face says, yeah, I did it. Do we have bingo in the hoosegow?

    Seems like a light sentence though, almost worth all the money she spent pursuing that BINGO rush.

  • mdacic


    I am not big fan of bingo and I don't know a lot about this game but I don't know how somebody can lost that kind of money on bingo !? I can understand poker, blackjack or even sportsbook but bingo!? But this show us that gambling can make some serious problems and everyone who think that can maybe became addict should admit that and look for a help.

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