A brief look at crime 1/04 – 1/10

Suspected illegal gambling manager shot dead

BATANGAS CITY, Philippines—A man suspected of being a jueteng table manager (an illegal numbers game) was shot dead by an unidentified gunman in San Juan, Batangas, Sunday night, police said Monday. Investigation showed that Quirino Morillo, 35, had just alighted from his black motorcycle at around 6:40 p.m. in Barangay (village) Calubcub 1st, when the gunman approached from behind and shot him several times.

La Cosa Nostra captain, associates plead guilty in Manhattan courtrooms

Federal law enforcement officials in New York City ended 2009 by taking a big bite out of organized crime in two separate cases: one involving Gambino Crime Family associates, the other involving a captain with the Genevese Crime Family. There are five families running La Cosa Nostra (‘our thing”) organized crime in New York.

Two associates of the Gambino Organized Crime Family, Letterio DeCarlo and Thomas Dono, pleaded guilty on Wednesday in Manhattan federal court to participating in a conspiracy that resulted in the murder Frank Hydell on April 28, 1998. The defendants also admitted to their participation in a conspiracy to operate an illegal gambling business in the late 1990s, according to documents examined by the National Association of Chiefs of Police’s Organized Crime Committee.

Scores Arrested in North Texas Cockfight Raid

About 169 people have been arrested in a cockfight raid northwest of Fort Worth. Authorities said sheriff’s deputies also seized 114 roosters Saturday near Poolville in north Parker County. Sheriff Larry Fowler said Child Protective Services workers also took custody of 10 to 15 children ages 7 to 15. Fowler says drugs and cash were seized and dead and injured roosters were found. He says the raid site had been under surveillance for two weeks. The sheriff says those arrested will be charged with a gambling offense, and that organized crime charges may be considered against some.

Three sentenced to death in southeast China gang trial

Three people were sentenced to death, one with a two-year reprieve, for gang-related crimes by a local in southeast China’s Fujian Province, according to the verdict released Sunday.   The court found that Ke began to organize the criminal gang at the end of 2005, and the gang had since then committed crimes including running illegal gambling dens, lending usury and demanding repayment of debts via illegal measures to gain profits, and committed murder, intentional injuries, and causing disturbances to disrupt local economic and social order in Shancheng Township, Nanjing County which is under the administration of Zhangzhou.

Union treasurer admits embezzlement

The former secretary-treasurer of Communications Workers Local Union 86823 pleaded guilty to the embezzlement of more than $110,000.  Sherell Mitchell, 45, of St. Louis County, admitted to writing unauthorized checks to herself and withdrawing cash directly from the union’s account to spend at a local casino, Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Reap said Tuesday.

Former RI Senate aide accused in $70,000 theft

A former aide to the Rhode Island state Senate with an apparent gambling habit stole roughly $70,000 from the state by forging payroll checks, prosecutors said Tuesday.  Raymond “Chip” Hoyas Jr. pleaded not guilty in Providence Superior Court on Tuesday to 52 counts of forgery and one count each of larceny and obtaining money under false pretenses in excess of $500. Prosecutors say he forged checks in the names of dozens of Senate pages and deposited the money in his bank account. “This is corruption at its core and something that is criminal and unforgivable,” said state Attorney General Patrick Lynch, himself a former Senate page. “It’s a betrayal of the public’s trust.”

Reputed mobster pleads guilty in racketeering case

A reputed high-ranking member of the Gambino crime family in New Jersey pleaded guilty to federal racketeering conspiracy charges today, admitting he led a crew that profited from illegal gambling, loan-sharking, extortion, identity theft, fraud and labor racketeering.  Andrew Merola of East Hanover confessed his guilt during a hearing before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler in Newark. He became the 20th defendant to make a deal with prosecutors and plead guilty to charges outlined in a sweeping May 2008 racketeering indictment.

Caught on Tape: Robbers take $100,000 from casino truck stop

A pair of masked robbers stole $100,000 from a casino truck stop in New Orleans early Monday morning while technicians were taking money out of gambling machines, according to the NOPD.  The surveillance video of 15 cameras shows the crime from start to finish. Co-owner Robert Maloney said the robbers forced the cashier to bag $100,000 in about two minutes time.

Wood River woman gets 30-month sentence

A judge Thursday sentenced a Wood River woman to 30 months in prison in connection with the looting of a family-owned heating and cooling business in Wood River.  U.S. District Judge Michael J. Reagan sentenced Mary R. Storer, 40, a former employee of Elk Heating and Cooling, to a jail term and more than $266,000 in restitution to the company.  Prosecutors said Storer pleaded guilty and admitted she had taken money from the firm and gambled it away at area casinos. On Thursday, prosecutors presented evidence that she lost more than $200,000 in 2007 alone.

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