Student bank robber seeks treatment for poker addiction

Greg Hogan, the 19-year-old Lehigh University student who made headlines in December for robbing a bank to feed his poker habit, has entered a rehabilitation program for gambling addiction, his attorney, John Waldron, revealed late last week. According to Waldron, Hogan, once the sophomore class president and a cellist in the university's orchestra, was recently admitted to a Louisiana treatment facility for a 36-day stay.

The son of a Baptist minister, Hogan was arrested on December 9, 2005, for the robbery of a local Wachovia Bank branch in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Kip Wallen, a friend, drove Hogan to the bank where he handed a note to a teller claiming he was carrying a gun and demanding money. After walking away with $2,871, Hogan was later arrested at the popular Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, of which he was a member. Despite his claims to the contrary, the FBI confirmed Hogan was not carrying a weapon at the time of the robbery.

Hogan's illegal behavior was blamed on an out-of-control poker habit. Apparently, the class president was studying for a double major at the university, and indulged in online poker to ease the stress of academic life. His hobby turned dangerous, however, and he soon racked up debts of $5,000. But rather than asking his family and friends to help him raise the money, he chose to rob a bank. After admitting to the crime, he was charged with robbery, theft by unlawful taking, and receiving stolen property, and was released from police custody after his family forked over the $100,000 bail.

Waldron revealed Hogan is still unsure as to what exactly inspired him to rob the bank. "That's one of the reasons why we have him in therapy," Waldron said. "That's the million-dollar question a judge is going to ask."

Hogan is due in court for a hearing today. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 6. If Hogan is found guilty, the maximum penalty he could face is 20 years in jail. He has been suspended from his fraternity and has stopped attending classes. His future at the school is largely dependant on the outcome of the trial.

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