British woman Sally-Anne Turner stole almost $2,000 from her disabled mother to feed her addiction to Candy Crush Saga.
The 45-year-old was given access to her mother’s bank account since she acted as a caregiver. However, Turner abused that power.
Turner’s mother became suspicious of lost money when she noticed some cash missing from her account. She discovered that nearly $2,000 had been taken between February 2012 and January 2014 after Turner had become addicted to Candy Crush Saga.
Turner was charged with fraud while occupying a position of trust and pleaded guilty to it.
Recorder Timothy Ashe QC ordered Turner to spend 12 weeks in jail, though her sentence was suspended for a year, and gave her a three month curfew between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. She was also ordered to pay her mother back the money she had taken, although her mother has refused to accept it.
“What you did was clearly wrong and caused your mother distress,” Ashe said.
Turner’s lawyer, Henny Tatum, told the court Turner was “incredibly remorseful” for what had happened. He added that Turner had resolved matters with her mother.
Candy Crush Saga can be played on a mobile phone, tablet or computer. Some 93 million people play the game, valued at $7.1 billion, every day.
The game is free to download and all 605 levels can be completed without shelling out any money.