READING, Pa. -

A real estate agent from Centre Township has surrendered to authorities on theft charges.

Berks County detectives said Peggy Ferko used a misleading email to convince a man to give her $217,000.

The man thought the money would be invested in an apartment and stocks, but authorities said Ferko used the money at casinos and to pay off loans and credit card debt.

Authorities said the scheme started in 2010 and continued until last year.