Thief spends $1m on ‘Game of War’

He stole $4.8m from company in US

An American man went on a $1m spending spree on the Game of War app after stealing $4.8m from his employer.

Kevin Lee, 45, from Sacramento, California, pleaded guilty to fraudulently using company credit cards to steal the money.

Court documents revealed that Lee spent about $1m of the embezzled funds on Game of War, one of the world’s highest grossing mobile games.
Players buy gold and other in-game credits to help build their empires.

Lee worked at Holt, a California-based dealer of Caterpillar machinery, for about two years before he started the fraudulent scheme by May 2008.

He became responsible for managing Holt’s accounting department a year later and continued to hide the transactions until March 2015.

He left the company a month later.

Over the course of nearly seven years, he used the company card to buy luxury cars, as well as season tickets to NFL team the San Francisco 49ers, and basketball team the Sacramento Kings.

Lee, who pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud and money laundering, will be sentenced in May.

The two charges each carry jail terms of up to 20 years, but the US government’s attorney has recommended a lesser punishment as part of the plea deal.