Viral Fridays: Man Steals $5 Million from Work, Spends $1 Million on Mobile Game

Viral Fridays: Man Steals $5 Million from Work, Spends $1 Million on Mobile Game

Welcome to Unbox’s “Viral Fridays” where we feature weirder than usual tech and geek related news to cap out the week.

California-based Kevin Lee Co, a 45-year-old worker at a heavy-equipment company, pleaded guilty in a Sacramento federal court to embezzlement of $4.8M from his employer. Aside from burning the stolen cash on basketball season passes and luxury cars, Co also admitted to spending “approximately $1 million” on the mobile game Game of War. Wow, livin’ the life, huh?

Related: Viral Fridays: This Man Spent $2M Over 4 Years On A Mobile Game. Now, He’s Boycotting It.

Co detailed in his guilty plea that from May 2008 to March 2015 he stole nearly $5 million from his controller job at Holt California. Basically, in a span of 7 years, the dude managed to embezzle an average of $700-grand a year. Slick moves.


For those unversed in mobile gaming, Game of War plays a lot like Clash of Clans. It’s an extremely competitive empire-building-smashing game with the usual trappings (and failings) of a “free-to-play” game.

Like Clash of Clans, Game of War is also a popular game, and both of these games usually sit at the top grossing gaming apps for both the iOS and Android platforms. According to VentureBeat, Game of War’s paying players spent an average of $550 on the game last 2015. Serious business, this mobile gaming.

As for Co, he’ll be facing a maximum of 20 years in jail when he gets his sentencing in May. We seriously doubt he’ll have access to a smartphone inside the slammer, so he’ll have to cross Game of War off his list of things to do while incarcerated.

Source: Ars Technica

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