A brief look at crime 1/11 – 1/17

Ex-BetonSports CEO gets prison time in plea deal

ST. LOUIS — A man who helped build one of the world’s largest Internet gambling companies, only to see it crumble after an indictment by U.S. prosecutors, was sentenced to nearly three years in prison Friday on federal racketeering charges.  David Carruthers pleaded guilty in April to racketeering conspiracy. Authorities said Carruthers is cooperating in the case against others associated with his company, BetonSports, and has agreed to testify against them if necessary.

Ore. woman accused of embezzling nearly $140,000

Douglas County authorities arrested a Days Creek secretary accused of embezzling almost $140,000 from her employer to support a gambling habit.  Cheryl Kluegl has been charged with theft and forgery and is being held at the county jail.  According to the sheriff’s office, the employer told investigators his secretary had been writing checks to herself without his permission since 2006.

Woman Pleads Guilty to Stealing $135K in Public Funds

A former south suburban library district president was sentenced to two years probation after pleading guilty Wednesday to spending more than $135,000 in library funds to gamble at riverboat casinos.  Susan Quirk, the wife of a Posen police sergeant, pleaded guilty to theft and official misconduct, and was sentenced to two years probation, 130 hours of community service and a six-month probation curfew, Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokesman Andy Conkln said. Quirk was also ordered to undergo therapy and attend Gamblers Anonymous meetings and pay full restitution of $137,708.29, Conklin said.  Beginning in 2001, Quirk, 58, allegedly withdrew money from Posen Public Library District accounts by writing checks to herself, prosecutors said.

3 Men Charged in Online Gambling Scheme

A one time Evangelist pastor and three other men were charged for running an elaborate $10 million online gambling scheme on Monday. The arrests come 11 months after a raid of the Gold Coast offices of Alan Davenport for allegedly bilking investors out of $10 million on a “sports arbitrage” scheme.  Davenport, once a pastor for the now defunct Reach Out for Christ Pentecostal church, ran the online gambling enterprise from his Australian home under the name World Trade Systems (WTS).

Man sentenced for embezzling thousands from his friend

Sixty-seven year old Pawcatuck resident George Flynn was sentenced to two years in prison today for embezzling $45,000 from a disabled friend over a seven-year period, telling the victim he was making payments into a “lottery account” that would make him rich. “The odds (of winning the lottery) are like walking out of your house and getting struck by lightning seven times in a row, but the state has no problem promoting it,” Scillieri said.  Handy told Flynn she has no problem with people playing the lottery, “as long as they’re spending their own money.”  She sentenced Flynn to five years in prison, suspended after two years served, and five years probation.

21 Gamblers Caught While Engrossed In Cockfighting

Police raided a cockfighting enclave and managed to round up 21 of the 50 gamblers who were engrossed in gambling activities on top of a hill in Junjong, near here on Sunday’s night.  When police from Kulim and the Kedah police headquarters raided the spot at about 8.30pm, the 50 odd gamblers tried to escape the police drag net but 21 were caught, including the mastermind who was in his 40s while gambling equipment was also seized.

Police search for robbers of Hard Rock winner in New Tampa

TAMPA — Police are searching for three suspects in a New Tampa armed robbery.   About 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Aris D. Williams, 23, was in front of his home when two men with revolvers approached him and demanded money. Williams had just won money gambling at the Hard Rock Casino, and detectives say the men followed him home. Williams threw his cash to the ground, and when one of the suspects reached down to pick it up, he dropped his revolver and one round went off. No one was injured.

Ex-White Plains pastor gets no jail time for gambling-fueled theft from church

The former pastor of a city church was sentenced today to time served and given five years probation for stealing $432,000 from his parish to feed his gambling habit. The Rev. Patrick Dunne of Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church apologized for his actions, admitted to a gambling “addiction” and said he had hoped to raise money for the church through gambling.

Gambling suicides on the rise in Ontario

Gambling suicides are up slightly, with 13 of them taking place in 2007, according to new figures from the Ontario coroner’s office, and officials say the actual number is probably higher.  “Sometimes it’s not immediately obvious that someone who has harmed themselves has a history of gambling,” Ontario’s chief coroner Andrew McCallum said in a phone interview Tuesday. “The numbers probably under-represent the true figures. … People who commit suicide often don’t leave a note.”

Man laundered $500,000 in casino: police

SYDNEY, Australia — A man, who has been charged with eight counts of money laundering, appeared in court yesterday in Sydney, nine MSN news reported.  Zheng Tan is accused of flying straight to a Melbourne casino after making the cash withdrawal, the nine MSN report said. Tan was refused bail and will appear in court again Feb 23, 2010, according to nine MSN.

Man charged with robbing, kidnapping woman after night at casino

After playing blackjack for several hours at Mystic Lake Casino on Jan. 2, an Eagan woman accepted a ride home from a man she met earlier that night, who then robbed her at gunpoint and sexually assaulted her, according to charges filed by the Dakota County Attorney’s Office this week.

Neville Grant, 35, of Plymouth, was charged with first-degree aggravated robbery, kidnapping and two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct on Tuesday. He was later arrested by the sheriff’s office in Hennepin County, where he is also a suspect in a similar case that also occurred on Jan. 2 in Minneapolis.

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