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Woman jailed for gambling away in-laws’ money



Tuesday, January 13, 2015
WORCESTER (AP) — A Holden woman has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for stealing nearly $1 million from her elderly in-laws to feed her gambling habit.

Chiao Fang Ku was also ordered Wednesday in federal court to pay full restitution, avoid any kind of gambling, and receive treatment.

Prosecutors say the 46-year-old Ku, a mother of two teenagers, had already been losing large amounts of money gambling online when she was given control of her elderly in-laws’ finances in 2008. She forged checks, conducted online bank transfers and applied for and received credit cards in her former mother-in-law’s name. Prosecutors say she wiped out their life savings.

The Telegram & Gazette reports that Ku said in court she had “betrayed” her family.

Ku and her husband recently divorced.