A Brief Look at Crime 5/10-5/16

Suburban father admits to slaying family

A man from Greve slashed the throats of his wife and two daughters before trying to commit suicide. A 50-year-old father has been remanded to custody for four weeks after murdering his wife and two daughters at the weekend, shocking the close-knit community in the Copenhagen suburb of Greve. On Friday afternoon police were called to an accident outside the town of Holbæk after the man had driven his car at full speed into a parked truck. The man had suffered a number of injuries but survived. However, rescuers also made the grim discovery of the body of his 12-year-old daughter with her throat slit in the car.

Police found the murder weapon, a hobby knife, in the vehicle. According to Ekstra Bladet newspaper, the daughter also had injuries consistent with attempts to defend herself. According to the prosecutor, the man listed stress, depression and gambling as some of the reasons for his actions.

Online Gambling Exec Stabbed Wife To Death

The CEO and founder of an online gambling social network is accused of murdering his estranged wife after reading a text sent by her lover.  Olga Pleguezuelos was found dead in her Northwest London home last year and a trial is now ongoing. Mark Campbell, 53, reportedly attacked the woman while she lay sleeping.  Campbell is the proprietor of Gem Lifestyles, a website which looks to bring individuals together in a virtual casino-themed world. The prosecution argued that Pleguezuelos woke up during the attack and tried to fight off her husband.   Campbell eventually stabbed his wife to death.  He had slit his own wrists prior to calling an ambulance, according to prosecutors. 

Police search for elderly murder

Police are searching for the suspect involved in the murder of a South Florida elderly man. He was found dead inside his home around 10:25 a.m., Friday. His granddaughter was checking on him when she found his body in the home. “I just found my grandfather deceased in his house, and oh God,” said [his granddaughter] with tears in her eyes.

Broward County detectives have not released any information on [his] murder, but want to speak to a young neighbor that has not been seen for several days. “As we go door-to-door canvassing the area, we are getting something from the people here in the community. He was very loved, respected,” said officer Veda Coleman-Wright of the Broward Sheriff’s Office.  According to neighbors, [he] loved to bet at the Pompano Casino Park, where they say he won a large amount of cash last week.

Two Individuals Plead Guilty To Conspiring To Traffic Counterfeit Slot Machines and Computer Programs

Rodolfo Rodriguez Cabrera, 43, a Cuban national, and Henry Mantilla, 35, of Cape Coral, Fla., pleaded guilty today in front of U.S. District Court Judge Philip M. Pro in Las Vegas to one count of conspiracy to produce and sell counterfeit International Game Technology (IGT) video gaming machines, commonly known as slot machines, and counterfeit IGT computer programs.

Post office worker stole more than £20k from a Leicestershire branch

A Post Office worker stole more than £20,000 from his employer to fund a gambling addiction. Anvish Pabari, 24, operated a four-month scam, pocketing cash from bogus postage refunds. At Leicester Crown Court, he pleaded guilty to the theft of £20,902, from Shepshed’s sub-post office.He was given a 32-week jail sentence, suspended for two years, and was ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work.

$1 million theft and no jail time

A St. Clair County man who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $1 million from a Falkville company must make his first $50,000 restitution payment Monday. Paler imposed a 20-year reverse split sentence on Bowers, placing him on probation for five years. During that time Bowers must repay a large portion of the $1,113,431 he admitted to stealing from Freedom Axle Inc., located on Buster Road in Falkville, according to  the district attorney’s office. Authorities said Bowers made wire transfers from the company’s bank account to his personal account. One official said Bowers said he had a gambling problem and used the money to gamble online.

Employee stole to fund pokies

A Whangamata office worker who stole more than $166,000 from her employer used the money to fund a poker machine habit and pay off her credit cards. Linda Anne Allan, 60, appeared briefly in the Hamilton District Court yesterday and admitted stealing the money from a Whangamata building company. Allan pleaded guilty to one charge of theft by a person in a special relationship and one of obtaining by deception.

Chelan Masons regain footing after former treasurer stole funds

Nearly a year after someone began stealing money from its bank accounts, the Masonic Lodge of Chelan is just starting to get back on its feet. The fraternal organization was forced to suspend all of its community charitable programs, including student scholarships, a bikes-for-books reading program and even a planned Christmas party for 350 elementary students last December because its money was gone. The group also had to delay paying contractors for a remodel of its lodge that was under way when the money disappeared.

The Lodge’s former treasurer, Harry P. Himmelhaver, 57, of Brewster, pleaded guilty April 26 in Chelan County Superior Court to five counts of forgery for stealing from the organization’s bank accounts. He was sentenced to six months in jail. He has repaid $37,000 as part of an agreed settlement with the Masons. But Word said he is believed to have taken as much as $70,000. In a statement to Chelan County sheriff’s investigators last October, Himmelhaver admitted to taking money from the accounts and said he used it to gamble at Mill Bay Casino in Manson and the Okanogan Bingo Casino in Okanogan, court documents state.

Disbarred lawyer admits stealing $650K

A disbarred Dennis lawyer admitted Friday that he stole $650,000 from a client to feed his gambling habit. John “Jack” Roberts Jr., 59, pleaded guilty in Barnstable Superior Court to one count of larceny over $250 by a single scheme. Once a respected real estate attorney, baseball coach and town volunteer, he used his client’s money to fuel an obsession with online poker, according to court records. Prosecutors alleged that Roberts stole $650,000 from Middleboro resident Norman Sasville – wiring the bulk of it to gambling Web sites.

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