A brief look at gambling related crimes 6/29-7/05

Gamblers committing more crime than previously thought, study finds

Eighty-five per cent recognised that their gambling had caused harm to others, including family or [friends].  “There is substantial unreported gambling-related crime which is ‘invisible’ to the authorities,” says Dr Bellringer.  “This raises the possibility that there may be significant economic and social costs associated with gambling, due to unreported crime committed by gamblers who have not previously been factored into economic and social impact analyses of gambling.”  Fellow Director of AUT’s Gambling and Addictions Research Centre, Professor Max Abbott, says gambling-related crime is one of the more significant ways in which excessive gambling has highly toxic effects on individuals, families and the wider community.

Betting addict used wife’s credit card to fund habit

Exeter Crown Court heard 37-year-old John Robinson not only fleeced his wife but also stole money from the accounts of her mother, who was in a care home, and her disabled son.  In all he had £8,733 over a three-month period.  Robinson, of St Efrides Road, Torquay, was jailed for nine months after pleading guilty to eight offences of theft and one of fraud by false representation.

Woman admits stealing from a Pierce County soccer club

A woman charged with stealing more than $72,000 from a Pierce County youth soccer club pleaded guilty Friday to 10 counts of first-degree theft. The thefts nearly caused the club to fold, but it managed to stay afloat with the help of donations.  Martinelli said Angilley had a gambling habit that fueled her need for cash. Worswick ordered treatment for addictive gambling as part of Angilley’s sentence.

Woman accused of stealing $50K from employer

A 41-year-old Manitowoc woman made her initial appearance before the Manitowoc County Circuit Court after she allegedly stole more than $50,000 in 2008 from her Manitowoc employer. Grimm told the investigator she used the money to pay bills and support her gambling addiction, according to the complaint.

Former Jeffco official convicted in charity fraud

A jury convicted a former Jefferson County commissioner and Birmingham City Council president Wednesday on charges he took money from a computer charity for needy kids and spent it on gambling, overseas travel and gifts for friends. In a statement, prosecutors said Katopodis had agreed to forfeit about $163,000 they contend he spent wrongly. Katopodis could be sentenced to 20 years in prison and fined $250,000 on each of the 97 counts at a hearing set for Oct. 28.

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