A brief look at crime 7/13-7/19

Couple accused of drink-ing and gambling in bar while kids waited outside in van

Police arrested a Glyndon, Minn., couple late Sunday after they allegedly left four children in a van while drinking and gambling inside a downtown Fargo bar. Cass County Social Services was contacted, and the children were turned over to a relative, he said.

Gunman found guilty in Vegas Strip casino shooting

A Nevada jury found an unemployed house painter guilty of 51 of 52 felony charges against him in a shooting inside a Las Vegas Strip casino two years ago. Four people were wounded before patrons realized the pops they heard were gunshots and not Fourth of July firecrackers. The most seriously hurt, Carrie Zeravica, 25, of North Huntington, Pa., sobbed as she testified last week that nerve damage from a wound to her left leg ruined her dreams of becoming a dance teacher. Troy Sanchez, 15, of Los Angeles, testified he was walking with his mother when he was shot in the foot.

Planet Hollywood agrees to pay $500,000 fine in NV for seriously egregious acts

Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino has agreed to pay a $500,000 fine to Nevada gambling regulators over lax policing of illegal activity inside an independently operated nightclub at the resort. Among other things, Prive employees were accused of removing drunk customers and dumping them in the casino unattended, and of physically and sexually assaulting customers.  The Prive also was accused of admitting minors and hiring people with criminal records.  The Gaming Control Board also charged that prostitution increased around the club and nothing was done to discourage the activity.

Former NBA star Antoine Walker,  faces Las Vegas casino debt

Former NBA star Antoine Walker is facing criminal charges over $822,500 in gambling debts to three Las Vegas casinos. Documents provided Tuesday by the Clark County district attorney accuse the 32-year-old Walker of 3 felony counts of writing bad checks. Prosecutors say he failed to make good on 10 checks totaling $1 million written to Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood and the Red Rock Resort.

Dad stole €36k from work to pay debt

A father-of-one who falsified work documents in order to transfer more than €36,000 into his own bank account has been given a three-year suspended sentence.  Joseph Sullivan (40) with an address at Huntsmans Way, Lusk, siphoned the money from Pioneer Investment Management Limited where he was payroll manager, in order to pay off a €50,000 gambling debt.

Woman pleads guilty to stealing from Arthritis Foundation

A former controller for the central Ohio chapter of the Arthritis Foundation admitted today to stealing more than $200,000 to support her boyfriend’s gambling habit. Prosecutors say they will seek reimbursement anyway for the $211,016 stolen through wire transfers, cash deposits and credit cards.

Charity worker stole $1m to fund gambling habit

David Vincent has pleaded guilty to 79 counts of obtaining money by deception while he was the payroll supervisor for the Wesley Mission.  Over a five-year period he transferred money from his employer into his own bank account after gambling his mortgage payments.

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