A Brief Look at Crime 5/31-6/06

Man executed for stabbing 29 kindergarten children in China

A man who stabbed 29 children and three teachers last month in east China’s Jiangsu province was executed Sunday morning. Xu Yuyuan, 47, was executed at 9.39 a.m. by the Intermediate People’s Court of Taizhou City, Xinhua reported. He attacked the Zhongxin kindergarten in Taixing City April 29. Four of the victims were severely injured. Xu admitted his motive was to vent his rage against society after losing money in gambling and business, while suffering other setbacks in his personal life.

Edmond man sentenced to 3 years for embezzlement

A gambling addict was sentenced Friday to three years in prison for embezzling more than $200,000 from a private horsemen’s association to finance his bets and casino playing. Court records show he admitted using association funds to gamble at casinos, bet on horses at racetracks and make sports bets with bookies. He said he was a compulsive gambler and kept hoping to hit “the big one” and repay the funds before they were missed. “I couldn’t stop it,” he said Friday. “I was a very sick individual.”

Ex-office assistant accused of stealing $168,000 from Shakopee High School

The woman who served at the right hand of the school principal and was trusted with overseeing financial transactions at Shakopee High School has been accused of stealing more than $168,000 from its students. Deanna Marie Stanius, an 11-year high school administrative assistant, was charged Thursday with swindling $168,511 from the student activity account, which she allegedly used to feed her gambling habit. Investigators say Stanius cashed multiple school checks from May 2007 to April this year and even used her school credit card over the last couple years to get more than $8,000 in cash at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake.

Funds stolen to feed gambling habit

A MAN who stole from his employer to fund his gambling addiction was shocked to discover the extent of his crime after an audit revealed he had taken more than $12,800 over an eight-month period. David Popovski, 25, pleaded guilty in the Ballarat Magistrates Court to theft from his employer, Ballarat Stationers, from July last year to March this year. Police prosecutor Sergeant Bob Anderson told the court Popovski, from Wendouree, gradually stole the money taking from $5 to $100 each time.

Defence lawyer Jon Irwin said since being charged with theft his client had done a lot to get back on track.
“This is what happens when you get involved in gambling – he got hooked,” Mr Irwin said. “As is the case with gambling addicts they are always after that one big win.” Mr Irwin said it had been a relief for Popovski when he got caught and he realised how bad the addiction it had become.

Seven Illinois men sent to prison in dogfighting crackdown

Seven Illinois men caught during last summer’s major crackdown on dogfighting have been sent to prison for at least a year The sentences were handed down Tuesday in federal court. Each of the men must pay $100 and repay the Humane Society of Missouri for caring for the pit bills that were seized. The men faced six to 12 months in prison under federal sentencing guidelines, but prosecutors asked for double that, citing the men’s dogfighting history. Berry sponsored fights, bred, sold and fought dogs and had his kennel located next to a daycare facility, prosecutors wrote.

Quincy man jailed for stealing $1.2 million for $2,000-a-day Lottery fix

A Quincy man who stole $1.2 million from his employer to fuel a $2,000-a-day Lottery addiction has been sentenced to jail, the attorney general’s office said. Prosecutors alleged that Gauthier stole the money periodically from 2002 to late 2006 while he worked for Crothall Health Services Inc., a Chicago-based company that provided janitorial services to Boston Medical Center. Gauthier, an on-site manager, was responsible for collecting payments from the hospital. Prosecutors said Gauthier – by submitting fake invoices and depositing legitimate payments into a personal account – managed to steal 163 checks cumulatively valued at about $1.2 million.

Parents accused of stealing from Iraq War Veteran

The parents of an Iraq War Veteran wounded in a roadside bombing are now accused of stealing and gambling with his money. Michael and Lori Nault are both charged with theft for spending at least $53,000 on gambling expenses. Shane Nault of Eau Claire suffered brain damage and has been in a wheelchair since he was hurt in 2007. According to the criminal complaint, investigators found several withdrawals made at casinos in Black River Falls, Minnesota, and West Virginia from an account belonging to Shane Nault.

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