San Antonio couple describes Eagle Pass casino shooting chaos
A San Antonio couple at the Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino and Hotel in Eagle Pass when gunshots were fired described the hour they spent terrified and uncertain of what was happening. Sara Almaraz and Rene Juarez captured the moment when a fun casino trip turned into chaos Sunday. “We just heard screaming. When I was running, people were like bumping into me, and then people’s cell phones were falling,” Almaraz said. “We didn’t know if we were running in the right direction. I didn’t even realize I was still recording until we were outside.”
“The shooter went to the parking garage, which is exactly where we were standing, so we were like, ‘oh shoot.’ And that’s when they were telling everyone to come inside. I think that’s when they realized that he was outside,” Almaraz said. mTheir group moved to multiple locations during the ordeal while even the hotel rooms were evacuated. “There was probably about 500 people. We heard there was groups in the front, the side, the back of the casino, with guards. They did not want to let us leave even to our cars. They said, ‘We don’t know where he’s at,’” Juarez said.
Alleged Gambling Addict Sentenced to Life in Prison for Wife’s New Hampshire Murder
Prosecutors claim Argie was in debt and close to bankruptcy due to his gambling addiction, according to published reports. His family had tried to conduct an intervention with him with the hope of him addressing his behavior, news media reported. Maureen Argie was attempting to divorce him at the time of the homicide. She was also seeking custody of the children and felt threatened by her husband. William Argie’s fellow gambler, James Timbas, claimed that Argie tried to hire him to kill Maureen Argie. It was to appear like a suicide, he said. In return, Timbas would receive part of her $400,000 life insurance policy under the alleged scheme. Timbas refused to take part in the plot.
Insurance Agent Sentenced to 2 Years in Wire Fraud Case
A Snohomish, Washington, insurance agent was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to wire fraud in the theft of premium payments from clients. Vicki Boser, owner of InsuranceTek, Inc., pleaded guilty in August. At her sentencing Tuesday, she was also ordered to pay $273,137 in restitution to eight companies or insurance brokers she defrauded. Boser used the money to support her gambling habit at area casinos, federal prosecutors said in a press release. At the sentencing hearing U.S. District Judge James L. Robart likened the conduct to a Ponzi scheme saying, “The conduct is classic in terms of embezzling from clients.”
18 people nabbed in statewide gambling scheme, Seminole County sheriff says (FL)
Eighteen people allegedly involved in an illegal countywide casino operation were arrested Wednesday following a months-long investigation into a scheme involving gamblers who were mostly people “living on a fixed income,” Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma told reporters. The charges include racketeering and running an illegal lottery, both felonies, along with keeping a house of gaming and possessing and delivery of gaming machines. All 18 suspects will be charged in connection to establishing and running eight game centers throughout the county.
Photos released by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office show many of the establishments were located in strip plazas where they “had either no markings at all or a misrepresentation of what the business was,” Lemma said, including a pawn shop and a marketing business. Inside were video games, computers and other equipment that turned the rooms inside the businesses into small casinos.
‘Trusted’ secretary embezzled £90k from construction firm to fund gambling habit
A “trusted” secretary who embezzled £90,000 from a construction firm to fund her gambling habit is selling her home in order to avoid prison. Andrea Cochrane, 52, worked as a bookkeeper for more than 30 years, but was stealing thousands in order to maintain a £700-a-day gambling addiction. Horrified bosses at A Steel & Son Contractors in East Kilbride, discovered a string of bogus payments and fired her, the Daily Record reports. After an initial payment of £2,500 had been queried, a review discovered £28,000 had been made to an accountancy firm when it should only have been £10,000. Investigations revealed Cochrane had labelled a series of high value transactions as ‘Turner Accountancy’ but had used the details of her own account to pocket the cash. Cochrane, of Bellshill, Lanarkshire, appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court and admitted embezzling £90,000 between January and July 2019. Sheriff John Speir deferred sentence after being told her family home was going on the market next month. Alan Murray, defending, said: “She should have sought help from someone for her problems but instead turned to drink and gambling.
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