JACKSON – One woman’s gamble to escape an online betting debt failed to pay off in a big way.

On April 30, state police charged Diana Zolla, 31, of Jackson Township with theft by deception after a three-month investigation.

Zolla, who had dug herself a gambling debt of $9,565, allegedly claimed that someone had stolen her identity and opened the account in her name.

By reviewing banking, online gaming, and internet service provider records, detectives from the state police’s Casino Gaming Bureau and the Financial Crimes Investigations Unit determined that Zolla was responsible for creating the fraudulent account.

She was released pending a mandatory appearance at Atlantic County Superior Court.

Internet gaming became legal in New Jersey in November 2013. There have been 291,625 accounts opened since its inception. According to the Division of Gaming Enforcement, new accounts in March are up 17 percent from February.

Steve Hughes

Local news editor at the Press of Atlantic City. SUNY Geneseo and Syracuse University grad. New Jersey transplant.