Maggie Rizer`s Stepfather gambled away her fortune of 7 million $
MODEL OF FORGIVENESS
MAGGIE RIZER admits that she asked the judge to go easy on her stepfather John Breen in spite of the fact that he gambled away $7 million of her modeling fortune in 2002. "He did everything from teach me, help me with my math homework, teach me to play basketball," she told News 10 Now. "He was an active member of the family. Someone who has an awful addiction doesn't deserve to spend 20 years in prison and that's not going to do him any good." Breen, who is serving a four year prison sentence, worked his way through the money by playing Quick Draw. "At first we heard it was $80,000 and I thought that was awful for me," went on Rizer, who admits she was skeptical about mixing business with family but entrusted her finances to Breen nonetheless. "I couldn't believe it. And then over the next six months it became $100,000 and half a million. Then, basically, it was just last summer when I realised the extent of it, $7 million." The director of the New York State Centre for Problem Gambling, Bill Bowman, credits Rizer with setting a good example, meanwhile. "It's really refreshing to see that type of response and many, many people have a hard time being ther who have been hurt or who are affected by an addict," he said. "Her response tends to indicate that she sees problem gambling as the illness that it is." (April 7 2005, AM)
How awful! That is such a betrayal of her trust. Having gone through issues of addiction with a family member, it's nice to see that she's not being vendictive but hoping he get help. Sad for Maggie, though.
awww this sucks! it sounds crazy though that she would entrust her fortune to a family member who is into gambling...duh!
poor girl...hope she gets a contract or something thrown her way- she is still beautiful
why guilty? I would be interested in knowing your story. I have several friends who make their living at poker.
Well, it's like i was taking advantage of their bad habits you know? They'd lose money to more skilled players, get more money, lose more,...And just feeding their habits. I know it's their choice but I must admit that I feel partly responsible for supporting their bad habits. I should be trying to do something to help them, not make things worse.
I can only imagine what it must be like to be an addicted gambler and lose entire life savings...and guys like me weren't doing anything to help it, just taking their hard earned money in not such a hard way.