A Brief Look at Crime 2/22 – 2/28

Bar security guard held for cutting throat and killing prostitute

A bar security guard in Xiamen has been arrested on suspicion of killing a 40-year-old prostitute near Zhongshan Road, Xiamen police said on Wednesday. The victim Ah Gui, a 40-year-old woman from Guangxi province, was found dead with her throat cut open at a rental apartment on Shanziding Lane, near Zhongshan Road, after police searched the area upon receiving the call.

Wu, a gambling addict, admitted that he previously had several encounters with the victim, but that morning he lost his money in gambling and couldn’t pay after he had sex with Ah Gui. Ah Gui wouldn’t let him go and locked the door from inside. A brawl broke out between them and during the fight, Wu pulled out a knife and cut Ah Gui’s throat which led to the instant death of the victim.

Woman pleads guilty to taking $600,000 from N.O. school

NEW ORLEANS – A woman in charge of the finances for a New Orleans charter school pleaded guilty to stealing more than $600,000 from the school to feed a gambling habit, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. “The defendant advised that the money she stole from the Langston Hughes Academy Charter School bank accounts was used to support the defendant’s gambling habit which occurred in various casinos in the New Orleans Metropolitan Area,” said court records.

Sansone brothers plead guilty to sports gambling charge

Two brothers, grandsons of Kansas City’s last prominent organized crime boss, pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to operating an illegal sports gambling operation.  Michael C. Sansone and Anthony V. Sansone, 30 and 27, appeared together in federal court to confess their roles in an Internet betting operation that has been the focus of a federal investigation for at least a year.

Their grandfather, Anthony “Tony Ripe” Civella, led the local outfit for several years following the deaths of his uncle, mobster Nick Civella, and Tony Civella’s father, Carl Civella. By taking gambling to the Web, the Sansones brought a longtime family business into the 21st century.

$1.5M embezzler: Gambling ‘sickness’ nearly sank two companies

A bookkeeper who embezzled more than $1.5 million in a crime spree that put a century-old printing company out of business and nearly killed another Eugene firm has been sentenced to 24 years in prison. She nodded as victims described the close-knit relationship enjoyed by those who worked for the IP Koke and My Little Salesman companies. Several victims said they were appalled that a bookkeeper they loved and trusted continued to drain money even as she watched colleagues losing their jobs to layoffs.

“It’s hard to put into words what Vickie did to the people who worked for our companies,” Jason Pierce, president of My Little Salesman and former president of IP Koke, said in the courtroom. “She destroyed their lives. She took away the money they used to put food on the table and clothes on their backs.” Defense attorney Brian Barnes called a witness who specializes in treating compulsive gamblers. Therapist Oblio Stroyman testified that, for some people, gambling becomes an “addiction or mental health disorder” rather than a choice, dramatically impairing their impulse control.

Woman says she stole $163K from NY nursing home

A woman struggling to pay off gambling debts and costs from a failed marriage has admitted to embezzling more than $163,000 from an upstate New York nursing home where she worked as chief financial officer. Skiver admitted to stealing the funds from Absolut Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Orchard Park, where she had worked for 10 years.

Trinity mayor: City manager attempts suicide, admits stealing money

The Trinity city manager is recovering in a Tyler hospital after attempting suicide Tuesday morning, Mayor Lyle Stubbs said. When emergency responders found Phil Patchett, they also found a suicide note where he admitted to stealing money from the city. Stubbs said he was not sure why Patchett stole the money, but thought he might have a gambling problem.

Seven men in court for manslaughter

Seven men who made their living operating illegal gambling stalls in the back lanes of Geylang pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges in the High Court on Friday. The seven, aged between 17 and 30, were originally charged with Mr Seah Boon Lye’s murder, but have agreed to plead guilty to the reduced manslaughter charges. One other alleged attacker, Mohamad Najiman Abdul Aziz, is claiming trial to the murder charge. The incident arose from two disputes – Mr Seah’s botched purchase of illicit drugs from one of his attackers and a missing sum of $200, which was supposedly pocketed by a gang runner.

Sugar Land woman gets prison for $3.6 million theft

A Sugar Land woman was sentenced to five years in federal prison today for stealing more than $3.6 million from the Houston offices of chemical company Kaneka Texas and spending it on luxury items, jewelry and gambling. Diana Simon, 50, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ken Hoyt and ordered to pay $3,621,220 in restitution. Last fall Simon pleaded guilty to wire fraud.

Mom Accused Of Stealing $25,000 From Boy Scouts

The treasurer of a local Boy Scouts troop was arrested for embezzling tens of thousands of dollars to pay off her gambling debts, according to authorities.  Cynthia Castle, 48, walked into the Lodi Police Department on Tuesday and was arrested for accusations of stealing at least $25,000 from Boy Scout Troop 291 over the period of several years.

“The majority of the checks were written from Boy Scouts to her in the average amount of $500,” said Detective Eric Bradley of the Lodi Police Department. Troop leaders believe Castle started taking donations meant for merit badges and camp expenses almost three years ago to dig herself out of a gambling problem. “It’s devastating, it’s heartbreaking,” said troop leader Chris Lee. “These boys have worked their tails off for all this money.”

Fifth man pleads guilty in Internet gambling investigation

A Harrisonville man once believed to be an underboss in Kansas City’s organized crime family pleaded guilty in federal court today to operating an illegal sports gambling business. William D. Cammisano Jr., 60, admitted that from March 1, 2006, to March 31, 2009, he collected about $1.14 million in wagers that bettors placed through a toll-free telephone number or a web site, both of which routed to a wire room in Costa Rica. Cammisano was the fifth person to plead guilty in recent weeks to roles in the gambling operation.

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