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Gambling Habit Does in Probate Trustee

SAN DIEGO (CN) - A probate court trustee pleaded guilty to defrauding people of hundreds of thousands of dollars and blowing it at casinos. Teresa Laggner's victims included elderly and disabled people, federal prosecutors said.

Laggner, 56, a licensed private fiduciary, pleaded guilty on Friday to wire fraud and money laundering. She had been a trustee for "numerous probate court and private trusts in San Diego from 2006 through 2011," the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

She admitted that she swiped at least $191,500 from trust accounts, and that she lost more than $1 million gambling. In 2010 alone, Laggner acknowledge, she gambled at the Barona Casino in Lakeside, Calif., on "at least 165 different days," prosecutors said.

Laggner faces up to 30 years in prison, fines and restitution at her May 16 sentencing.

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