Man must pay back $1.5 million withdrawn from casino ATMs

DETROIT (AP) -- It's payback time for a Michigan man who authorities say got more than $1.5 million from ATMs at three Detroit casinos in 2009 because of a computer glitch.

The Detroit Free Press reports Ronald Page burned through the money playing blackjack. On Wednesday, a federal judge in Detroit sentenced the 56-year-old retired Flint autoworker to 15 months in prison and ordered him to repay Bank of America from his $2,000-a-month pension.

Page says he's "completely apologetic." He earlier pleaded guilty to theft of bank funds.

Federal prosecutors say Page discovered he could use his debit card to withdraw unlimited amounts, but the bank caught on.

Defense lawyer Richard Morgan Jr. wrote in court documents Page was hooked on gambling and it was "like giving a junkie crack cocaine."

Published: Fri, Jun 29, 2012