Man Gets Paid £44,000 By Mistake; Instantly Blows It On Coke And Gambling



43-year-old Steven Burke is in a bit of trouble at the moment after he blew £44,000 of someone else’s money on cocaine and gambling. Sounds like my kinda guy.

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The construction worker from Scarborough was meant to only be paid £442 by his company, but an error meant that he was in the black by £44,000. Instead of notifying the company director, the prosecutor Katy Varlow said:

He spent the money on a car, an electronic-cigarette, hotel rooms, designer clothes, a gold chain, cocaine and vodka as well as online gambling.

In total, he spent more than £28,000 and approximately £15,000 was recovered.


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What an absolute legend – the only thing I would have to question is the e-cigarette. What’s the point of watching out for your lungs when you’re huffing coke and necking vodka in hotel rooms? Get on the B&H Gold bruv.

Steve’s fun was put to an end when the company asked for the money back. He has since been arrested and pleaded guilty to receiving wrongful credit, although he won’t receive his sentencing until 25th July. Whatever punishment he gets, I reckon it was worth it to live like a king for a few days. Having said that, people who fail to pay back money sent in error can face up to TEN years in prison, so maybe not.

To read about the man who was on the verge of committing suicide, but changed his mind after an insane coke and prostitute binge, click HERE.


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