Woman steals everything from in-laws, gambles away $14 million

It’s always a gamble when you let others handle your finances. The risk is exacerbated when you marry someone with a gambling addiction and she knows your senile parents have $500,000 sitting in the bank.

Jennifer Dennison won $13 million, but lost $14 million, but that's not what makes her a loser.

Jennifer Dennison won $13 million and lost $14 million, but that's not what makes her a loser.

According to an article by a St. Petersburg Times reporter,  a Florida woman stole the half-million from her in-laws, who first realized something was wrong when a check to their dentist bounced.

Jennifer Dennison, 42, of Bushnell, Fla., is charged with wiping out the elderly couple’s savings and checking accounts, as well as cashing in and spending their CDs, annuities, life insurance and retirement funds.

According to investigators, Dennison’s husband, Scott, let his wife handle his parents’ finances.

Jennifer was quite the gambler — she won $13 million over a two-year period at a Tampa casino. Unlike Kenny Rogers, she didn’t know when to fold ‘em — she spent $14 million during the same time period.

The end result is that the bankrupted couple doesn’t have enough to pay Jennifer’s $64,000 bail.

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April 6th, 2011
7:17 pm

Why would they want to bail her out anyway???


April 6th, 2011
7:19 pm

Looser. Keep her in jail. Worthless person!


April 6th, 2011
7:50 pm

it must be that tiger blood

Just Asking

April 6th, 2011
7:55 pm

What a looser? Is that someone that can’t spell loser?


April 6th, 2011
8:04 pm

Pretty dumb title. She didn’t “gamble away $14 million”, her net losses were $1 million.

B Real

April 6th, 2011
8:42 pm

She’s SCUM!


April 6th, 2011
8:44 pm

Amanda, if this idiot is part of your family, and if things happened as reported in this piece, then, I’ll say it again, she’s an idiot to gamble away that amount of money and more especially money that was not hers. She should have sought professional help for her addiction. I call it the way I see them.

C.M. Thornton, III

April 6th, 2011
9:00 pm

Newsflash, Amanda….she’s a piece of garbage.


April 6th, 2011
9:08 pm

I feel awful for the couple who trusted their daughter in law to help w/their money/finances! The same thing is happening to my mom as I type this (her own son and skanky daughter in law) but because I am NOT power of attorney, there is nothing I can do. I definitely would not bail her out of jail…NO WAY…NO HOW


April 6th, 2011
9:09 pm

Oh, Amanda. Stop. Just stop. You may want to believe she has a family, but she does not. Her loved ones are the craps table, the one armed bandit, and the roulette table. Anyone who steals from their in-laws and gambles it away is in too deep for you to defend. She needs serious help.

Fidlin 1

April 6th, 2011
9:16 pm

How much you wanna bet she comes out the ‘poor ‘ol victim’ in this.


April 6th, 2011
9:31 pm

She gambled with money that wasn’t hers from people who trusted her. Hmmm…I wouldn’t defend her if I were you, Amanda.


April 6th, 2011
9:48 pm

Excuse me, but KBofATL she does have a family. One bad call in a persons life doesn’t define them. It’s money, she isn’t a murderer. As I stated earlier no one who is commenting on this post knows what went on behind the scenes. No one realizes that this woman alone took care of her father in-law and mother in-law as if they were her own parents, laying out medications daily for them. No one realizes that their own children NEVER came around them until they found out their inheritance had been tampered with and then what do you know.. they actually care about them again. She made a MISTAKE. Yes, it was a big one, but she is paying for it. She is humiliated beyond belief, everyone she ever has known has access to this information. This was a private family matter that didn’t need to be splashed across the front page news.

Widely Known Now!

April 6th, 2011
10:11 pm

Amanda, in this day and age, there’s no hiding anything… FYI, even the British are aware of this tale: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1374201/Jennifer-Dennison-steals-500-000-laws-makes-13-million-gambling–loses-all.html

Ivy Graciano

April 6th, 2011
10:35 pm

Badpoart of this is she was my instructor at Sanford Brown for ultrasound what as role model I looked up to her now she is beneath me I would never do that!!

pole time

April 6th, 2011
10:39 pm

she looks pretty hot–maybe she can work the pole for a few months to get some cash for her legal fees?


April 6th, 2011
11:06 pm

Oh my goodness, Amanda you sound like an idiot and a thief yourself. How dare you try to justify what this woman, your relative has done. This is abuse of the elderly! Okay, so their own kids didn’t come around, they relied on her to care for them. Well heck, by all means this means she should raid their accounts and do with their money whatever she wants. How evil. “It’s only money”?! How awful for you to say that. Their check to the dentist bounced!! I’m sure they are worried to death about being able to pay their bills now. No it’s not murder, but you have no idea how this will affect their health and their quality of life. Their stress level is through the roof. Im sure you know that stress can cause all kinds of health problems.

You and your thieving relative are evil, b@*%ches!


April 6th, 2011
11:24 pm

Dear Lisa,

I’m sorry you feel the need to call a teenager a B**** for defending her Aunt. I may be wrong, but I believe I know this woman better than you do. Does the fact that she helped them out justify what she did? No – that’s not what I am saying. “I’m sure they are worried to death about being able to pay their bills now” – These people are far from broke.. yes she took money from the Mother who had her own account – Did you ever think how much money the father has in his account? Again, (I will say this because you tend to believe i’m “defending” my aunt) i’m not saying this justifies anything, I’m simply trying to prove that like everything, the media is not giving all the facts and is trying to make it seem as if she maliciously robbed two elderly people. She was married to their son for 9 years, if she was only in this to “abuse the elderly” I think it would have started a lot longer than 2 years ago. She has a real illness and she’s dealing with it. “Oh my goodness, Amanda you sound like an idiot and a thief yourself.” – Nice, again shows you how much “class” you have. I only pray that if you are EVER in a tough situation that you have family that believes in you and sticks up for you as much as I, and the rest of my family do for her.


April 6th, 2011
11:32 pm

Amanda, you are truly pathetic, almost as pathetic as your aunt. So it’s okay that she stole half a million, because the dad still has money in his account. Doesn’t matter if he has a billion, your lying, thieving aunt had no right to it. So she gave them their meds every day, big whoop. They could have paid a sitter minimum wage to do the same thing. And how dare you cry foul when you’re called on the carpet for defending them. You didn’t whine about being a teenager when you were running your mouth defending your worthless aunt. Looks like the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Just how much of the money did you get your greedy teenage hands on??? Don’t see any of your other relatives defending her here. But I guess they’re not like you and your aunt, maybe some of them have a sense of decency. You and your aunt are both b@*%ches! She’s an old washed up, soon to be jailbird one and you’re a teenage one!


April 6th, 2011
11:43 pm

You know she’s an idiot for not replacing the cash when she broke a million…..think i’ll bail her out and take her to Vegas…..i know when to quit


April 6th, 2011
11:48 pm

Again, Nice..
“You may make some mistakes-but that doesn`t make you a sinner. You`ve got the very nature of God on the inside of you” – Joel Osteen
I’ll pray for you. I make no apologies for defending my family. I knew when I wrote my first comment there was no possible way for me to convince someone to be on my Aunt’s side, and I didn’t expect too. I believe it’s not fair to judge this person who you don’t know. After all, the bible says we shouldn’t judge others. There isn’t any need to reply – I don’t think it’s necessary to harass me anymore.


April 6th, 2011
11:55 pm

I couldn’t help myself Amanda. Thanks but no thanks. Love how you quote your mega-minister and not the bible. You truly are a sheep…oh, I forgot you’re a teenage…that makes you a “widdle wam”! Now go to bed, it’s way past your bedtime!

John Not

April 7th, 2011
12:36 am

Question. Does the Seminole Casino in Tampa have to return the money she stole to the her in-laws?
If you receive stolen property and the police find out, they can legally take it from whoever bought it, and the buyer is SOL. Could the same case be made for stolen money? It seems to me that in the Bernard Madoff case people are only allowed to receive what money they put in, and any profits have to be returned.


April 7th, 2011
4:15 am

Amanda you are trying to justify nonsense. Their son is just as responsible, they entrusted him to do the right thing, He should have known that the cash his wife was using to spend at the casino wasn’t her own money.


April 7th, 2011
4:46 am

May she rot in jail…Terrible!


April 7th, 2011
6:19 am


Puhleeze! Just how long before we read about you following in auntie’s footsteps? You defend larceny like you have an investment in the crime. If she had such a wonderful family, why did she cross the line that hopefully, will lead her straight to the penitentiary? Don’t give me the sick gambler crap either. She knew exactly what she was doing, every step of the way, and i am VERY sure if she had been a winner, she would have NEVER replaced the cash. Criminals don’t work like that.
Joel Olstein? Yes, that’s good…quote a mega church con man. He learned fleecing flocks from his father and is as good a charlatan as exists today. Anyone giving that piece of work money deserves what they get.
She doesn’t need help. She will have 3 squares and a cot. You are the one that needs help, while you are still young enough to change your own ways.


April 7th, 2011
6:22 am

Oh Amanda,

Like a previous poster said, she is kinda hot. She could do porn to pay restitution. That is what she deserves anyway.


April 7th, 2011
6:36 am



April 7th, 2011
6:48 am


Stop yelling, and no one cares about your school choice or voting record.

Wendy Breeze

April 7th, 2011
7:03 am

What idiot would even consider bailing her out? Oh yea, the idiot stupid enough to marry her.


April 7th, 2011
7:05 am

This woman is 42 years old, she knew exactly what she was doing. What I don’t understand, did these people not get a statement every month from there bank? Was her husband blind, he didnt see what was going on or he didnt want to see. Why would you let your wife handle your parents finances. Why not get a finance advisor?


April 7th, 2011
7:39 am

You don’t gamble that much for fun. This woman is ill.


April 7th, 2011
7:42 am

Amanda, not sure what planet you are living on but honey wake up to reality, in this world it is what it is. She is a Thief who stole from the Elderly regardless if they add more money or not, IT WASN’T HERS TO SPEND, so you are saying God says it is okay. Get the F*&k outta here. Wake up little girl had this been you and you stole from someone, your a** might be locked up under the jail. Wake the Hell up from your dreamland. YOUR AUNT IS CROOKED AS A $3 DOLLAR bill and deserves everything she has coming to her. Continue to stand by your Aunts side. She may teach to the tricks on how to fleece people out of their money.


April 7th, 2011
8:11 am


Do you really think you are going to get any sympathy? Tell me why this scumbag deserves it? SHE STOLE MONEY AND TOOK ADVANTAGE OF ELDERLY PEOPLE!!!! Yes, she might be someone’s mother or aunt or whatever. BIG FRIGGIN’ DEAL! Explain to me how this couple is supposed to get their retirement back? How are they to live now?

This woman is pathetic, plain and simple. With all that money stolen, she should never see the light of day. Period.


April 7th, 2011
8:40 am

Ok. Amanda is a family member. She has too much informaion. Or she was in partnership with her. Too defensive.


April 7th, 2011
8:42 am

i dont know what kind of porn you pervs have been lookin at but i dont want see her nekid.


April 7th, 2011
8:43 am

angela= captain obvious

middleofthe roader

April 7th, 2011
8:46 am

If another family member can defend this woman they are out of touch with reality and don’t understand what the rest of their lives are going to be like for the couple from whom she stole. From her mug shot it doesn’t look like she stinted on hair styling, makeup, etc., to feed her gambling habit. Maybe if she had been held accountable earlier in her gambling “addiction” she wouldn’t have destroyed peoples’ lives. Not everything is, or should be, excusable.


April 7th, 2011
8:58 am

Amanda, you ignorant slutt. BURN THE WITCH.

The Big Bopper

April 7th, 2011
9:03 am

“she looks pretty hot–maybe she can work the pole for a few months to get some cash for her legal fees?”


I’d put a few dollars in her garter & check out that cooch! ;)

middleofthe roader

April 7th, 2011
9:08 am

OMG Obama again. Does some idiot have to drag him into everything.! Where was all this president bashing when our last president lied us into war, depleted our budget surplus, etc.?

Amanda, I don’t know if you are correctly quoting the Bible or not but I believe the bible quotes Jesus as saying “render to Cesar the things that are Cesar’s…” So yes, your aunt should, and hopefully will, be judged. Taking care of someone does not give you the right to mistreat them or steal from them. I am not sure how old you are as you are now using your age as some kind of extra support for your position but as a teenager you have a lot to learn about people, life, ethics, and morality. We do not yet know why there was no check or balance on her and maybe others will be involved, or at least share some of the guilt. This woman is an adult, knew what she was doing was wrong, knew there was help available, knew these peoples’ circumstances. Yet she did nothing but keep enjoying her habit. Perhaps you should step back and think about the comments instead of firing off responses. Your quoting Osteen does not make you superior; right now it makes you look a bit foolish. Why don’t you contact Osteen and see if he doesn’t encourage you to take an honest look at your aunt and her actions. Hopefully, you will grow up and develop a more judicious view of life as you mature.


April 7th, 2011
9:11 am

Please leave her in jail.

Atlanta Mike

April 7th, 2011
9:23 am

AMANDA, nothing you say can take away from the fact Jennifer is a terrible person. Just because she has kids and friends doesn’t mean she isn’t a piece of $#*t loser who deserves to spend the rest of her life on skid row.


April 7th, 2011
9:26 am

Amanda, I feel for you. Your aunt is being villified in the media and it is hard not to defend her. However, I don’t think there is anything in her life that could justify this. Yes, she made a mistake and yes she will pay the price, but we live in a free society where anyone can see that this happens and comment on it. That is the bigger price your Aunt must pay. I pray that she will get the help she needs so she can get past this and not have it define her life.


April 7th, 2011
9:35 am

i love the selective memory of the left like middleroader


April 7th, 2011
9:40 am

To gamble to the extent of winning $13M and losing $14M, didn’t ANYONE notice – specifically the husband. He had to know that the money she was spending on these gambling junkets had to come from somewhere. Then there is the rest of her enabling family that seem to be more concerned about this THIEF than the poor elderly couple left in financial ruin. Maybe these family members need a reality check and accept their responsibility for turning a blind eye to her actions.
This is a lesion to us — all NEVER blindly trust someone with your money.


April 7th, 2011
9:44 am

Amanda, I get it; but understand there is a cause and effect for everything WE do in life; a life that is not always fair……your point is: regardless of what your aunt did she is still human and while she made a mistake so do WE all; therefore how dare WE judge her…..YOU ARE RIGHT but guess what? HOW DARE SHE DO WHAT SHE DID…..my point is, don’t get mad at us because we are expressing our disgust for your aunt; get mad at your aunt or don’t get mad at anyone……WE humans judge each other; PERIOD!


April 7th, 2011
9:48 am

“What a loser?” Is that someone who can’t construct a sentence? Sorry, Amanda, we know enough to know she is scum.


April 7th, 2011
9:49 am

Amanda, please continue to love your aunt, her children, her husband and the rest of your family. Family support oftens helps people get through the roughest of ttimes.

However, what your aunt did was wrong, and there is no way around it. She must be held accountable, there must be a reckoning. A lesson you would do well to learn wholly.


April 7th, 2011
9:51 am

KJ – think again. She did in fact gamble away $14M. The $13M won and then lost is not a “puch” it is an asset gained that was subsequently lost, therefore, it was technically gambled away.