A Brief Look at Crime 6/07-6/13

Teen charged with murder of state investigator

St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch says that gambling led to the robbery. “Cushshon-Bey and his accomplice had been involved in a dice game, shortly before that and lost all their money,” he says. “Bey announced he was going to commit a robbery. Shortly after…Mr. Thompson was approached, they attempted to rob him and the shooting took place.”

The only survivor of a shootout that left two dead is in jail, and has been charged with killing a former Pagedale police chief over the weekend. Billy Cushshon Bey has been charged with four felony counts, and is being held on $1 million bond.  Officers say Cushshon Bey did not act alone, but the former police chief killed the other suspect as he tried to defend himself.

Pa. man says he stalked and killed Atlantic City casino manager because gambling halls cheat

Mark Magee walked into the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort last year with a grudge and a gun. He believed the casino — like the 10 others in Atlantic City — cheats gamblers by electronically manipulating the outcome of table games like roulette and craps. And because of that, he felt, someone needed to die. Monday morning, Magee admitted in court that he fatally shot Ray Kot, a veteran shift manager at the Taj Mahal, whom he knew from regularly gambling there.

Murder suspect caught in Chicago

Authorities have caught a Quincy murder suspect. Twenty-eight-year-old Phillip S. Diaz Jr. of Chicago was arrested at a Chicago home  over the weekend. He is charged with first-degree murder in the May 23 shooting of 37-year-old Ian Barksdale of Quincy. Police say Diaz and Barksdale had an encounter at the Casino Starlite nightclub, where Barksdale was an employee. Diaz was arrested for fighting with Barksdale and later was released on bond. Officers were called to the parking lot of Hardee’s at 2916 Broadway a few hours later and found Barksdale with multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to Blessing Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:52 a.m.

Addiction Case Manager Accused of Embezzlement to Feed Gambling Addiction

A worker who’s job was to help those struggling with an addiction is accused of embezzling money to apparently feed an addiction of her own. The Grand Traverse County Prosecutor authorized an arrest warrant for Crystal Marvin who worked for Addiction Treatment Services in Traverse City as a transitional house case manager. Marvin’s job was to support clients in their recovery from addiction, along with collecting rent. She’s accused of stealing more than six thousand dollars from client’s rent money over the span of a couple years. Instead of putting the all of the rent money in the agency’s account, she’s accused of taking it for herself. According to court records, she used the stolen money support her gambling addiction.

Woman Sentenced In Embezzlement Case

A woman who pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $345,000 from the company where she worked was sentenced Monday. Linda Ireland received probation on a 15-year prison sentence. However, she must serve 120 days at Metro Corrections first. Then Judge Mitch Perry placed her on probation so she can pay back the money she stole as an employee of Kentech Machinery as quickly as possible. Police said Ireland stole nearly $345,000 from the company to feed her gambling addiction.

Fired L.A. County worker arrested in tax fraud case

Federal authorities this week arrested a former Los Angeles County worker who allegedly used the personal information of more than 150 welfare applicants to file nearly $2 million in fraudulent claims for tax refunds. Trang Van Dinh, a 62-year-old resident of Glendale, worked for the county for a decade and filed the returns in a desperate attempt to pay gambling debts, county auditors said.

Police searching for Maryland Heights man accused of being ringleader in interstate drug ring

D.E.A. agents call “Operation Deliverance” a major blow to marijuana dealers in st. Louis.
In all 24 men and women are under indictment and 18 are in custody. More than $1 million in cash, along with weapons and cars were siezed. The bust also took out pot growing operations at homes like one on Fassen in south St. Louis. Agents say local casinos were used by the gang. But they didn’t gamble, they put small denominations in slot machines, printed vouchers, and traded it in for large bills. Across the nation Wednesday more than 420 arrests were made. Agents said this bust was connected to one of the mexican drug cartels, but they think it’s been dealt a serious blow across the country.

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