A Brief Look at Crime 5/24-5/30

Tot intentionally left home alone overnight

The mother of a three-year-old girl found wandering alone in Vancouver’s roughest neighbourhood intentionally left the tot at home by herself, police said Friday. The Vancouver Police Department launched an exhaustive door-to-door search in the city’s Downtown Eastside Thursday night after the Asian girl was seen walking by herself into the road in the 100-block of Pender Street, an area the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown with close proximity to drug activity.

The girl spent the night in the care of B.C.’s Ministry of Children and Family Development and the VPD handed over the case to its Missing Person’s section after officers came up empty-handed an exhausted overnight neighbourhood search. [T]he woman had a gambling problem and had left her child on her own in the past. The couple said the child would sometimes come over to their apartment and tell them her mother had gone gambling.

Lost love, bets link to death

Investigators believe failed romance and unrestrained gambling could be among the reasons behind the latest suicide of a Foxconn Technology Group employee in Shenzhen. Nan Gang, 21, climbed to the top of a factory building in the Foxconn industrial complex in Longhua township and fell to his death, said Huang Jianwei, a spokesman for the Bao’an police station of the Shenzhen Public Security Bureau. Nan’s suspected suicide was the 10th at the plant since the beginning of the year. Nan’s former girlfriend was married in February, and his new girlfriend left him early this month, police said. Nan was also said to be ill tempered and fond of gambling – and deeply in debt.

Missouri Man Charged in Online Gambling Scheme

Missouri man has been charged with money laundering related to online gambling. Kenneth Wienski is alleged to have been helping to concoct an online gambling payment-processing scheme that hid the true nature of the transactions by moving funds through a medical-billing company and a check-processing company where he worked. The complaint includes mention of payment processing companies JBL Services, ZipPayments, and Electracash but makes no mention of either Edward Courdy or Michael Garone, both of whom were mentioned in previous filings as having ties to the aforementioned enterprises.

Worker stole about $500k

SINGAPORE – As well as being unhappy with his boss, an accounts officer had also lost money on soccer bets.  So Indonesian national Wanto forged his boss’s signature on company cheques and siphoned off nearly $500,000. [He] was employed by a restaurant, Siang Malam, in 2007. His duties included managing the accounts and bookkeeping for the restaurant as well as that of another, Pagi Sore Indonesia, and a company, Pagi Sore Holdings. About $18,000 has been recovered but Wanto has not made any restitution.   His lawyer, Mr A Rajandran, said in mitigation that Wanto’s soccer gambling habit “began as a pastime” that “snowballed and became an irredeemable trap”.

Tahoka School Board, and City Council member both plead guilty

A former Tahoka School Board member will spend two years on probation after pleading guilty to running a gambling operation. Joe Calvillo Jr., and his wife, Clara, were arrested two years ago. An undercover investigation found the Calvillos were running a gambling operation at their “Lucky 7’s” Game Room. Originally they both faced felony charges but those were reduced to Class A misdemeanors. Clara served one day in jail and Joe will serve 24 months on probation with a fine. Joe was on the Tahoka School Board for 15 years, and Clara on the Tahoka City Council for 12 years. Both decided to not seek re-election this month.

$565,393 restitution set for Lansing woman

A former employee of an optometry practice who authorities say stole cash from the practice for nine years was ordered Monday to pay more than half a million dollars in restitution Lorraine Montalvo, 47, of Lansing, pleaded guilty earlier this year in Ingham County Circuit Court to two counts of embezzlement of $20,000 or more. Montalvo was sentenced in April to one year in jail, five years of probation and ordered her to pay restitution. At Monday’s hearing, Judge Paula Manderfield determined the amount to be $565,393. Montalvo, who was sentenced to undergo therapy to address a gambling addiction, testified Monday that she often played slot machines at Soaring Eagle Casino in Mount Pleasant. In 2008, when Montalvo earned about $38,000 per year, casino records presented in court showed it had taken in about $817,000 from Montalvo.

Eight of two families gunned down

Eight people including four children and two women were killed in two separate incidents of murder within an hour in the provincial metropolis on Wednesday evening. In the first incident, a couple along with their two children was shot dead by unidentified accused over an unknown reason in Bhatti Gate police precincts.

Police said that Ali Ahmed (40), a resident of Farooqabad, shifted to Neelam Chowk Makhanpura three years ago. They said that Ali’s younger brother Noor alias Noora was a habitual gambler, who used to demand money from him for gambling. They further said that Noor developed grudge against Ali as he was not lending him the money lately.

Austin, TX man sentenced to 14 years in prison for stealing $429,000 from stolen credit cards

A Texas man was sentenced to 14 years in prison on late Monday for his role in a scheme to steal credit cards from health club locker rooms in at least 10 states, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Dennis Savarese, of Austin, Texas, conspired with at least four others to steal credit cards from health club locker rooms all over the country and then use those cards to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash. He then transferred the names from the credit cards to one of his co-conspirators in Massachusetts who purchased fake identifications with photos of Savarese or one of his co-conspirators and the names from the stolen cards. In total, the conspirators stole around $429,000.

For over two years, and on a weekly basis, Savarese traveled around the country and broke into lockers at two different nationwide health club chains. The conspirators would meet at racetracks and casinos all over the country on weekends, and use those stolen credit cards to make thousands of dollars in fraudulent cash advances.

Boy Left In Car At Casino For 13 Hours

A woman was arrested Tuesday after police said she left her 3-year-old son in a car for 13 hours while she tried her luck inside a casino, Portland TV station KPTV reported. La Center police Sgt. Jerry Lester said he was eating lunch at the Palace Casino when security officers approached him at his table. They led him to a Lincoln Navigator in the parking lot, where the boy was sitting inside.

Casino workers paged the car’s owner, 32-year-old Valerie Tran, who soon joined them at the SUV. Lester said Tran couldn’t understand what the fuss was about. “It was almost a normal, acceptable behavior for her and, ‘Why are we getting so excited about this?'” Lester said. Officers said they gave the boy a teddy bear and fresh clothes. He had nothing to eat at the time, police said, and only had spoiled milk to drink.

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