Ashley Mitchell broke into the Zynga mainframe, stole the identities of two company employees and thus managed to transfer 400 billion virtual gaming chips into his own account. The chips, valued at approximately $12m (£7m) by the prosecution, were then partially sold to other gamblers through Facebook. According to The Guardian, Mitchell made £53,612 over a two month period, funds then used to fuel his own gaming addiction. Mitchell pleaded guilty to one count of computer misuse and four counts of money laundering, and was also sentenced to an additional 30 weeks in prison for breaching a 40-week suspended sentence from 2008, received for hacking into the computer system of Torbay council, his former employer. His final sentence is two years jail time.