A Buddhist monk steals $150,000 to fund a Blackjack gambling addiction


Posted on the 21st of September 2015

A Buddhist monk steals $150,000 to fund a Blackjack gambling addiction

Khang Nguyen Le (45) was the most senior monk at the Vietnamese Buddhist Association of Southwest Louisiana, based in the town of Lafayette. However, he also had a serious gambling problem which caused him to gamble up to $10,000 every two or three days at the Blackjack tables. After stealing approximately $150, 000 in donations to fund his gambling addiction, Khang Nguyen Le was finally arrested in LaGuardia airport on Saturday the 12th of September. He confessed to raiding the community’s bank accounts since 2011 for Blackjack sprees at the L’Auberge Casino in Lake Charles. Khang Nguyen Le was held without bail, after two relatives who were preparing his bail money were told by the community not to help him.

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