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If you had roughly $5 million of someone else’s money, what would you buy with it? For one man, that was:

* Luxury cars. OK, I can see that.
* Season tickets to pro sports teams. Nice!
* Golf club membership. Fore!
* Plastic surgery. Hey, if you need it, sure.
* And $1 million on mobile F2P title Game of War. Uhh…

That was the shopping list for Kevin Lee Co of Sacramento, Calif., who pled guilty to embezzling $4.8 million from his employer between 2008 and 2015, as reported by Ars Technica. I’m sure he did it for the awesome gameplay, and not just because of Kate Upton.

According to the text of the guilty plea, the maximum sentencing Co could receive is 20 years each for counts of wire fraud and money laundering, along with hefty fines. I wonder if that was worth it to get a high ranking in the game. Then again, I wonder if a paltry $1 million is enough to get you to the top of the leaderboards in Game of War. Probably not.

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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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  1. Luxvlaze on December 13, 2016

    I think alot of people forget what games are. sure this guy is nuts for stealing 5mil and the spending 1mil of it on a game. but games are here for us to escape from the real world for a time. if games don’t do that for you, you shouldn’t play them. also what really bothers me is that he could have gave even a fraction of that money to one of the charitys and it would go to help tons of people. not some greedy company. now i understand the greedy money gruby game companys. game devs have forgotton how to make great games and are only out for the wallet now days. but everynow and then you fine a unrefined gem, example (path of exile). i’ve been playing games since i was 12 years old. im 28 now. when i was a kid games where magical, and oh man the games released back then where amazing. you didn’t half to worry about all the $$$ companys. just great games. sure they cost 60$ usd to get but, atleast they where honest about it back then. anyways thats just one mans thoughts.

    • Former MMO gamer on December 13, 2016

      Yeah no one really want’s to make a good game anymore. It’s all about the $$$ or they usually give up on the project. And the devs somereason been taking the things the players love and putting dumb features no one wants and promoting them instead. I’ve been noticing this all of 2015-2016 in alot of games and outside of the gaming industry. Mobile games are usually where all the $$$ are nowadays and the google playstore ususally holds alot of the numbers but if you can get an apple device I’d recommand android since they are cheaper but not worth it in my opinion. Gaming turned into a $$$ which is mostly why I stopped it used to be all fun and enjoyment but now its for people who have a really good device and if you don’t upgrade your device or got a good device your out of luck which sucks. And windows 10 makes it worse since while your playing it can update anytime and boot you out and reset the PC and active hours doesn’t help I don’t care what microsoft says I wanna be able to block my updates and do them manually. If you game on the PC your better off getting a MAC OS or steam machine or windows 10 professional. The windows 10 professional is more for IT people but you block the updates for months so it doesn’t kick you out of the MMOs or single player games your playing. I used to see the magic in MMOs years ago myself but it ended long time ago. I been ripped off,scammed and the support team lied to me and tried to convince me to keep my account on this one crappy browser game when I was trying to request my account to be deleted/disabled since they lock upgraded accounts upon request if you don’t wanna pay/use them anymore. They were trying to tell me they don’t do that service and I kept showing them proof they did and they still lied. And trion worlds I been trying to unsubscribe from their newsletters of archeage,rift,gylph and their other games for months and they still send me newsletters about their MMOS same for blade and soul and black desert online. MMOs don’t care that I wanna unsubscribe from their companies newsletter I requested it so many times they ignored me. So now I got to delete my email address because of them and don’t tell me just send it to spam because it’s just not the same. I wanna be unsubscribed. Sending it to spam still means I haven’t won I wanna get them off my case for good.

  2. Former MMO Gamer on December 12, 2016

    I don’t really play MMos anymore but came to check out this site and after seeing this all I gotta say is that guy can do anything with his money but he is nuts for spending that much on an MMO. I agree with MMO GUEST the MMO games are pretty much doomed to the point of no return which is why I don’t play MMOs anymore. Friends and people I know think I’m dumb for giving up MMOs and they still play MMOs but I feel I’m smart for giving it up and just focusing on life.

    • Alucard TheCrimsonfker on December 13, 2016

      Did you even read? The money wasn’t his…

    • Former MMO Gamer on December 13, 2016

      I must of been skimming through it but now I see what you mean sorry ALUCARD THECRIMSONFKER it’s my bad for missing that part. But now that I know what the full article is I can’t believe he spent 1 million dollars of his employers money. Honestly people are just idiots nowadays no offense. But only a idiot would spend that much money on a worthless MMO you would be better off spending 1 million dollars on better things then video games. But that guy was an idiot the way he was spending the money he stoled he drew attention to himself which is how he got caught and I’m glad he got caught 🙂 But personally I’d never spend that much on a game in my life time maybe under 1,000 dollars but that’s probably it. I try to stay away from P2W models like this I don’t wanna throw all my money into a game when I can be using it for better opportunities. I mean I can understand spending money on a good game but over 80% of games I’ve checked out was either heavily paid 2 win which I want no part in or the devs were lazy or toxic playerbase or they didn’t have enough staff members or money to make the game to it’s full potential so it got crappy updates. So if I play a game I usually stay around single player games or just don’t play much games anymore I pretty much retired from MMOs since they suck but for the people who still like them all I gotta say is good luck and hope the MMO genre actually improves in the future.

    • Former MMO Gamer on December 13, 2016

      Oops I ment he spent 5 million dollars of his employers money I hate typos like this. But yeah he made a huge mistake buying all that stuff which is probably how he got caught. Almost any person would notice money missing and suspect you if you began having luxary cars,season tickets to a pro sports game,golf club membership,plastic surgery,and spending 1 million dollars on a dumb game. Personally I think the worst thing he spent out of his employers money was the 1 million dollars on the paid 2 win stuff you got to buy with real money for the mobile app game but that’s just my opinion.

      • Nifty on December 14, 2016

        Oh look it’s ASD, but now posting under Formermmogamer.

    • Ruby on December 14, 2016

      Instead you choose to no-life on MMOBOMB, first under ASD and some other names. Now under Former MMO Player. And don’t dare to deny it. You post exactly the same as ASD. Kinda pathetic if you ask me bruh

      • Former MMO gamer on December 14, 2016

        I have no idea who ASD is since I never met him/her before or seen any or his/her postings on this site since I rarley used this site before.

        • Ruby on December 16, 2016

          You’re in denial. So now you try it under ASDF. Dude, go play mmo’s again. This is just sad.

        • Former MMO Gamer on December 16, 2016

          I’m serious. I don’t know who ASD or ASDF or what your talking about. I just looked up this article and found this article on this site and decided to comment on it but I don’t play MMOs anymore since I’m tired of being lied to and scammed and ripped off by BS devs and I know theres some good devs and publishers but I haven’t found any and I don’t got the time for P2W MMOS like you do so I won’t. I’m unlikely to post on this site anymore after this article the users like you are rude and accusing me of being a person who been on here and using multiple names which I have not.

        • Former MMO gamer. on December 16, 2016

          Also I’ve been on multiple MMOs I’ve looked up some MMObomb has listed and tried them but the amount of bad MMOs in the genre is why the MMO genre is dying which is why your a sucker for wasting money on MMOs I’m done replying I’m not trying to start a flame war over this ASD person you keep accusing me of being which I am not.

  3. MMO Guest on December 12, 2016

    There are people who are suffering out there in the global world. It no wonder games become so much a problem nowadays in MMO Games. I guess MMO Games are kindly doomed to the point to no return

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