A brief look at crime Oct 26 – Nov 1

Man guilty in great-grandpa murder

Darius Huntington was found guilty of murdering a 69-year-old great-grandfather at his home in July.  Willie Rice was killed after hosting a poker party. Police allege  Huntington and two others arrested, Derrick Hewlett and Cordney Rowe , targeted Rice because he ran an illegal gambling operation out of a back room of his Spring Street home.  One suspect entered Rice’s home earlier that evening to case it out and then returned with the other two suspects. Huntington was convicted of first-degree murder, felony firearms and being a felon in possession of a weapon. He’ll be sentenced November 17.

Former Accounting Supervisor Pleads Guilty to Embezzling $3.6 Million from Employer

A former accounting supervisor for a Houston area chemicals company has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $3.6 million from her employer, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today. Simon used the embezzled money to buy a luxury home, luxury vehicles, jewelry and financed multiple gambling trips to Louisiana and Las Vegas.

Poker Player Who Killed Parents Won’t Get Death Penalty

The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office will not seek the death penalty for Ernest Scherer III, now 31, who is accused of killing both his parents. former San Ramon Valley schools trustee Ernest Scherer Jr., 60 and Charlene Abendroth, 57, a longtime Cal State East Bay accounting lecturer, were both found brutally stabbed and beaten to death in their Pleasanton home last year.  Both the father and son were well known on the professional poker circuit.

Police contacted Gambling911.com last year in an effort to help with the investigation.  They had determined the younger Scherer to be a prime suspect in his parents murder and believed at the time he owed substantial amounts of money in gambling debts.  It was later determined that Scherer stood to inherit more than a $1 million.

FBI, police rescue 52 kids in prostitution probes

The raids are the latest in a long-running Operation Cross Country aimed at child prostitution rings around the country. Almost 1,600 agents and officers took part in the raids, which led to federal and state charges against a total of 691 suspects. The investigations typically target places where minors are likely to be sold for sex, including truck stops, casinos, public streets, and Internet Web sites.

FBI officials say they have rescued 52 children in a series of raids around the country aimed at under-age prostitution. Authorities say the youngest victim was just 10 years old. The bureau and local police officials also arrested 60 pimps during the three-day enforcement effort in 36 cities.

Swiss police: Bank employee gambled away $2.8M

Swiss police say a bank employee has admitted stealing millions from the bank’s safe to finance her $60,000 to $89,000 a week gambling habit.  The 41-year-old woman confessed to embezzling $2.8 million over the course of five years.

Financier blames bankruptcy on gambling addiction

BANKRUPT city financier Nick Levene, who quit as vice-chairman of Leyton Orient Football Club last week, has blamed his losses on a gambling addiction.  The 45-year-old is alleged to have taken money from tycoons to buy shares on their behalf but failed to invest any of it or return the cash. He has now had his assets frozen following a High Court order and has been ordered to return £17.9m to Brian Souter and Ann Golag, the founders of travel firm Stagecoach.

Gambling addict facing jail after stealing £5m

A GAMBLING addict is facing jail after he admitted stealing almost £5 million from Birmingham University.  Paul Sadler, the former managing director of Birmingham Research and Development Ltd, a trading subsidiary of the university, pleaded guilty to stealing the money from his firm between December 1994 and January 2008.

Former officer gets 10 years

Mickey L. Dooley, 50, was re-sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $49,000 in restitution and fines by U.S. District Judge G. Patrick Murphy.  Dooley was indicted in January 2008 on charges that accused him of lying to the FBI, stealing money from the evidence room at the Alton Police Department and wire fraud, as well as failing to file his 2006 income tax return. He was convicted by a federal jury in September 2008 and sentenced in December 2008. Prosecutors alleged the 24-year police veteran used the stolen money to support a gambling habit. Dooley was the evidence custodian for the Alton Police Department.

Atlantic City Casinos Hit With More Underage Gambling Fines

Atlantic City casinos may be struggling, but that does not mean that they are going to be allowed to offer gambling to underage patrons. On Wednesday, the New Jersey Casino Control Commission again made that point loud and clear. Fines were handed down to Bally’s Atlantic City and Caesars Atlantic City casinos. The casinos are owned by the same company and were represented at the Wednesday hearing by Attorney William J. Downey.

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