|Post by Peter Dworjanyn|
Lauren Proctor gambled on video poker machines at the defendants’ restaurants from 1999 through 2005. Proctor alleged she lost $1000 to $5000 per week from gambling during that time while the defendants provided her cash advances on credit cards and free food and alcohol. Proctor was employed by State Title, which provided real estate closing services to an attorney, and was owned by Proctor’s mother. Proctor began forging her mother’s name on checks, and stealing money from the attorney’s trust account to play video poker. As a result, the trust account contained insufficient funds to satisfy the mortgages on several properties at closing. Trans-Union, State Title’s title insurance company, paid approximately $550,000 in claims arising from the shortages.