What would you do with a million dollars? If your answer was anything other than "spend it on a mobile game," then you've probably got your life figured out a bit better than one questionable criminal.
According to Kotaku, a guy by the name of Kevin Lee Co recently pled guilty to wire fraud and money laundering charges, effectively stealing about $4.8 million from his company between the years of 2008 and 2015. So what, exactly, did this 45-year-old Californian do with that chunk of change? Well, among other things, he poured a million of it into the mobile title, Game of War. I'll give you a moment to let that one sink in. Once again, that's a million bucks spent on a kingdom-building mobile game.
According to the initial report, the courts originally had this particular item listed as an "online video game." That, of course, piqued folks' interest who, after some minimal digging, discovered said game was actually Game of War.
You've probably actually heard of Game of War, even if you don't realize it. Similar to Clash of Clans, the game it most closely parodies, it's actually one of the few mobile games to boast television commercials. They even had a campaign run during the Super Bowl a few years back.
While working for the accounting department of Holt of California, Co figured out a way to sneak a little money out of lots and lots of transactions, resulting in that $4.8 million total. To his credit, he spent some of the ill-gotten funds on things like season tickets for the NBA and furniture for his home. But still, he pumped a fifth of his stolen loot into a mobile game, and that's just left us baffled. It's like a much worse version of Office Space where, instead of figuring out what he most wanted out of life and going for it, he instead decided to be the biggest whale the mobile industry has ever known.
At this point, we've got to assume that Kevin Lee Co just got greedy and wanted to see how long he could keep this little con going. If I managed to steal $4.8 million, though, you definitely would never hear from me again. I'd be on a whirlwind tour of the world, living life to the fullest while dodging the authorities; not curling up on the couch with Candy Crush and dropping thousands of dollars at a time on extra turns.
As for Keivn Lee Co's sentencing, it will happen in March of next year. He faces up to 40 years in prison and $750,000 in fines, but it's unlikely he'll get the book thrown at him. Hopefully he'll be allowed to keep his cellphone in prison. I mean, it'd be a shame to drop a million dollars on Game of War and not be able to reap those benefits.
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