A Brief Look at Crime 7/5-7/11

Man Shot after Gambling on North Side

The Milwaukee Police Department says a young man was shot after a gambling incident on the city’s north side. The shooting happened Sunday evening near the corner of North 48th Street and West Capitol Drive. The victim, 21, was taken to a local hospital after being shot in the right knee. He told police that someone who didn’t know him committed the shooting. According to investigators, he had been gambling with other people near the corner of North 47th Street and West Hope Avenue.

Former nightclub owner sentenced in $4.7M investment fraud scheme

The former owner of two of Chicago’s hottest nightclubs was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for running a $4.7 million investment fraud scheme. An attorney for Anthony Demasi, 35, sought probation, noting his client worked undercover for federal investigators. But prosecutors accused him of playing both sides of the fence, saying his credibility as a witness was ruined when he continued “get-rich-quick schemes” while under indictment.

Demasi read a long statement in court apologizing to victims who lost money in his failed investment company, Tsunami Capital.  Demasi pleaded guilty in March to wire and commodities fraud for luring more than two dozen victims, including friends and family, to invest with the promise of huge profits. Instead, he diverted the cash to fund his nightclubs, Reserve and Crescendo, as well as to pay off earlier investors and gambling debts.

Bank worker jailed after stealing £140,000 of customers’ money

Luke Gifford, 25, of Winkton Close, Havant, Hampshire, siphoned off money from  the accounts of elderly customers he was meant to be advising to pay for  items including a log cabin worth £3,000 and a home gymnasium. He was discovered in April 2009 after a customer queried transactions made on  their account at the Farnham branch of Lloyds TSB where Gifford worked as a  personal banker.  When eventually questioned by managers about the large sums, Gifford told them  he was struggling to pay off a number of gambling debts, according to Surrey  Police.  In addition to stealing at the bank, Gifford was charged with seven offences  relating to the false advertising of Isle of Wight Festival tickets on eBay  from which he netted more than £2,000.

Woman sentenced for cheating employer

A Winnipeg woman who cheated her employer of $230,000 has been sentenced to 16 months in jail. Linda Cousins, 48, previously pleaded guilty to one count of theft over $5,000. Cousins was the financial controller for Imperial Flooring when, in 2006, she began processing additional paycheques for herself. Over the course of 20 months, Cousins processed more than 65 bogus cheques to herself, one as high as $6,300. Cousins claimed her crimes were driven by depression and a gambling addiction.

Debt-ridden man goes missing with daughter

A man who joked about selling his daughter to settle his huge gambling debts has taken off with the three-year-old girl, and the mother is fearing the worst. Soo Kian Keong, 35, took Ni­­cole Soo Siew Qing out for lunch on June 26 and has not returned to their rented home in Kelana Jaya. The mother, Kristina, a 34-year-old Indonesian national, said Soo left her and their nine-month son Chean Keat with RM100 the day he took Nicole away.

“It was the first time he had gi­­ven us any money. Usually, he would just buy us food. I don’t know what he has done with Ni­­cole. I hope she is safe,’’ said Kris­tina, who goes by a single name, in an interview at the office of MCA Public Services and Com­plaints Department head Datuk Michael Chong yesterday. Kristina, who lodged a report at the Seapark police station in Peta­ling Jaya, said she could not find Nicole’s birth certificate and passport.

Manager lied about having cancer and stole £500,000

An admin manager from Surrey who stole more than £500,000 from his firm to fund his gambling addiction and help an ailing football club has been jailed for three years. Dean Fisher, 36, who was chairman of Croydon Athletic Football Club, embarked on an elaborate scheme to steal money from his employer TCS Media in a bid to keep his treasured club in business. The father-of-four also blew more than £128,000 on gambling and spent about £140,000 on himself, Southwark Crown Court in central London heard. Fisher, who once weighed more than 26 stone, also used his ill-gotten gains to pay privately for an £8,000 gastric bypass operation, getting time off work by telling colleagues he had cancer.

In a victim impact statement, Simon Parker, managing director of Bayswater-based media and advertising agency TCS, said the fraud “left me cold”. He was shocked and upset when he found out his colleague and friend had been lying to him about having cancer, he said. And the firm was left “on its knees”, struggling to keep 35 staff in their jobs during the recession, when the £500,000 loss was discovered, he said.

Worker accused of stealing stimulus checks from disabled

Henry County – An Indianapolis man is in the Henry County jail charged with stealing from the developmentally disabled where he worked. Danny Case, 47, is charged with 94 felonies for stealing federal stimulus checks, but he is suspected of stealing much more than that. Case was a 20-year, trusted employee of Occazio, a family-owned New Castle company that provides support services for the developmentally disabled. Now he’s in jail and charged with stealing from the very people who trusted him most. Court records show that a fellow employee had reason to believe that Case had a gambling problem which led to the thefts.

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