A brief look at crime 7/20-7/26

Iowan says he planned robbery, not stabbing, rape

The sentencing hearing for a man convicted in a 1999 kidnapping and violent sexual assault has been continued to this afternoon following testimony that shed light on what initiated a chain of events a decade ago.  Ricardo Louison, 47, formerly of LeMars, Iowa, pleaded guilty in November to aggravated criminal sexual assault and aggravated kidnapping, both Class X felonies, and will be sentenced today. On Monday, special agent Richard Mullen of state police testified that on April 19, 1999, Louison was driving from Iowa to New York, working as a truck driver, when he stopped at a motel in Princeton, with the intention of robbery.

Psychologist E. Rackley Ivey, M.D., testified Tuesday’s that Louison had a gambling problem and had lost $25,000 the previous day. Louison approached the then-20-year-old female desk clerk who was outside smoking a cigarette and talking on a payphone. Louison told the clerk he wanted to rent a room and followed her inside. Once inside, he moved behind the counter and robbed her at knifepoint.  He forced the clerk to exit the building and enter his tractor-trailer, where he bound her hands and feet, drove to a separate location and sexually assaulted her.

Mother found dead with son suffered ‘blow to the head’

AN ELDERLY woman found dead along with her son in an Edinburgh flat probably died from head injuries, The Scotsman has learned.
The bodies of Brian Rockall, 43, and his mother, Valerie, 81, were found by police in the flat in Edinburgh’s Dean Village on Monday night.  Mr Rockall, who described himself as a professional gambler, was found hanging in the living-room, while his mother was thought to have been discovered lying on a chair.  Detectives at Lothian and Borders Police believe that Mr Rockall murdered his mother before taking his own life. They are investigating the possibility that Mr Rockall may have had an argument with his mother over mounting gambling debts.

Exclusive: Horror scene as gambling addict son stabs mum then hangs himself

A GAMBLING addict stabbed his elderly mum to death in their flat – then hanged himself behind the door.  Police suspect that professional gambler Brian Rockall had an argument with mum Valerie, 81, over his mounting debts. When officers broke down the door of their home in Edinburgh’s historic Dean Village on Monday, they found Valerie dead from several stab wounds and Brian, 43, hanging beside her.  It is thought they may have been dead for two weeks by the time they were discovered.

Woman arraigned on embezzlement charge

A North Enid woman was arraigned Thursday on charges stemming from the theft of more than $90,000 from a business she worked at from 2005 to 2008. An FBI agent interviewed Chance, and showed her copies of the checks. She admitted to taking the money from the company for personal use due to financial strain and a gambling problem, the affidavit states.

Bookkeeper jailed two years for fraud – used nearly $400,000 to feed gambling habit

A 45-year-old bookkeeper who pilfered nearly $400,000 from her employer sobbed into a wadded tissue on Friday after a judge sentenced her to two years in jail. Between January 2004 and July 2005, she submitted nearly 500 false payroll records for herself and her husband and her two sons, as well as her sister-in-law and a friend. Essentially, Bielby said she was “padding” the paycheques by paying workers for more hours than they had put in. Court also heard she used the money to support a gambling addiction.

Man who spurred Nev. gov probe facing casino debt

A software designer who alleged Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons took bribes from a Reno-based defense contractor is accused of failing to repay $1 million in casino debts to a Las Vegas Strip casino. Montgomery alleged in 2006 that Gibbons, while serving as a congressman from Nevada, improperly received money, a Caribbean cruise and other bribes from Montgomery’s former business partner, eTreppid Technologies owner Warren Trepp.

High Times and Low Crimes at Gulfstream

Gulfstream Park was a hell of a place to work for some employees, full of cocaine and free gambling. When the scheme was finally discovered, hundreds of thousands of dollars had been stolen from the casino and taxpayers, and the “family-friendly” racetrack was a potential public relations nightmare.  A state investigation into the 2007 heist is now just about finished, and the portrait it paints is an ugly one for Gulfstream. It found that Gulfstream employees and an alleged cocaine-slinging ex-con (who’d been convicted of murder) ripped off nearly $289,324 in slot winnings.

Regulators tell casinos to clean up act

Two weeks after imposing a heavy fine against a Strip casino for not properly controlling illegal activity inside a nightclub on the property, state gaming regulators let gaming licensees know they have other concerns about how casinos are operating. The letter notes that, while casino companies are focused on addressing regulators’ concerns about operations at nightclubs, ultralounges and topless swimming pools operating on their properties, “there are other areas where regulatory concerns have surfaced.” Sayre’s letter lists how casinos conduct promotions, tournaments and contests, race and sports book operations, intellectual property theft and questionable and misleading advertising as areas of concern.

AUSTRALIANS INVESTIGATE SPORTS GAMBLING RIP-OFFS

Office of Fair Trading officials in the Australian territory of Queensland are currently investigating the activities of up to thirty sports arbitrage companies, mostly based on the Gold Coast, reports the Courier-Mail newspaper. Some 650 gamblers have lodged complaints about the operators, who have allegedly been ripping players off with elaborate sports betting scams involving millions of dollars. It is understood that half of the companies have vanished, after police found only empty land or a post office box as the principal place of business after following up on customer complaints.

Gambling behind theft by ex-top cricketer, court told

The District Court has heard a former Redbacks cricketer suffered from a gambling addiction when he stole $50,000 while working for South Australian Farmers Fuel (SAFF). His lawyer told the court his client had a gambling addiction and had attempted suicide after his sacking.  The lawyer asked that any prison sentence be suspended given Martin’s psychological breakdown and his lack of prior offending.

Man: My Wife Stole Nearly $250k From My 401k

In less than 9 months he claims his now former wife, Gisele, made withdrawals that drained his account dry. He suspects she was using the money for gambling.  Campbell said his 401k account was accessed and the withdrawals made by telephone. The money was then electronically deposited into a joint checking account.

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