A brief look at crime 8/31-9/6

Accused threatened to murder estranged wife

The man who stands accused of murdering his estranged wife in Tarxien on July 13 had previously threatened to kill her if he did not get half of everything during separation procedures, the victim’s sister testified on Tuesday. Ms Milenkovic said that her sister sought separation because of her husband’s drinking and gamblingproblems.  The money was soon gone, being squandered on alcohol and gambling by her husband. Ms Milenkovic said that she advised her sister to settle some gambling debts at the time.

2 immigrants guilty in fatal Vegas Strip bombing

A Nevada jury found two illegal immigrants guilty Friday of capital murder and explosives charges in a bombing in a Las Vegas casino parking lot that killed a hot dog stand vendor in 2007.  Prosecutors said Duarte-Herrera provided the bombmaking expertise and Rueda-Denvers supplied a motive – jealousy and revenge against Dorantes Antonio, who was dating Rueda-Denvers’ ex-girlfriend, Caren Chali.  Chali now 30, the mother of Rueda-Denvers’ child, worked with Dorantes Antonio at a hot dog stand at the Luxor and was with him when the bomb exploded. She was not injured.

Joplin resident ordered to serve prison sentence

The U.S. attorney’s office said Seward watched the woman gambling inside the casino and then followed her to her car in the parking lot, where he snatched her purse and tried to flee. When the woman fought back, he punched her in the face, knocking her out momentarily.

Gambling Raids Pile Up Across The US, The Latest In Georgia

Anyone who is looking into running an illegal gambling operation in the US needs to be aware of one thing. Authorities are actively cracking down on the se operations, and they are arresting people in the process. Across the US, there has been an effort made to ensure that video gambling does not become an acceptable practice.

Chips were down so dealer stole

A GOLD Coast croupier stole $5700 of casino chips because she needed the money, a court has been told.  Wai Ying Ayumi Ho, 24, pleaded guilty to stealing chips from Jupiters Casino while working on the baccarat table in June this year.

MGM Mirage and Chinese Organized Crime

The Daily News has reported that one of six bidders to run a Las Vegas-style video slots emporium in Queens has ties to Chinese organized crime. MGM is in a partnership agreement in Macau with Patsy Ho, daughter of that Chinese casino resort’s gambling magnate Stanley Ho.  MGM’s partnership with Pansy Ho be found “unsuitable,” [AG Division]

Five years for Andres Wines thief: Woman stole more than $7m to feed gambling habit

A Dundas woman has been sentenced to five years in prison for stealing more than $7.4 million from her job at a Grimsby-based winery.  Christine Papakyriakou had pleaded guilty in April to using her position as an accountant with Andres Wines, now Andrew Peller Ltd., to siphon off the money over an 11-year period to feed a gambling addiction. Her gambling debts were reportedly between $5 million and $10 million.

She stole and gambled $350,000

Riley, 55, had her nose stuck in her Patricia Cornwall novel for several hours at Bowen District Court yesterday where she was waiting to be sentenced for gambling away $354,724.83 belonging to Tourism Whitsundays. Riley gambled away 23 per cent of Tourism Whitsundays’ annual income Riley, who has a 10-year-old child, pleaded guilty to fraud.  Prosecutor Scott Thackeray said Riley used Tourism Whitsundays’ finances for internet betting.

Charity fraudster appears in court

A fraudster organised charity race nights in north Norfolk to help terminally ill children and then kept more than £8,000 of the proceeds for himself.  Ferris was arrested on August 7, 2008 and admitted during interviews to an online gambling addiction that amounted to tens of thousands of pounds and had resulted in him losing his house and car.

Ex-AmeriCorps director gets 6 months in prison for $150K embezzlement

A former AmeriCorps director now living in Hopkinton was sentenced yesterday to six months in prison for embezzling more than $150,000 while on the job to feed his addiction to betting on horse races.  In a presentencing memo, prosecutors wrote that Holden had a clean record before the embezzlement and tax-evasion charges and turned to crime because of his gambling problem.

Former caretaker sentenced for thefts

A Grand Rapids woman [70] authorities say stole thousands of dollars from at-risk adults and used it to gamble will spend a year in jail [She was] ordered to pay $47,741.36 in restitution plus other costs and supervision fees for three counts of felony theft.  Trickey, who operated a business called Protective Care in Grand Rapids, was the court-appointed guardian for adults described as at-risk — defined by state law as having a condition that substantially impairs them. Her responsibilities included managing their money and handling their financial affairs.  “She stole money from some of our community’s most vulnerable people,” Lambert said.

Pocono Downs Casino Fined For Underage Gambling

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board levied a $97,500 fine against the Mohegan Sun Casino at Pocono Downs for having failed to prevent minors from gambling. The fine was placed against the casino for fifteen separate incidents involving minors either gambling or being in the restricted area of the gaming floor.

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