A Brief Look at Crime 7/19-7/25

Man leaps to death at Ameristar Casino garage

A 51-year-old south St. Louis County man jumped to his death Monday night from the top level of a parking garage at the Ameristar Casino, police said. The man leapt from the sixth level of the south parking garage at 9:37 p.m., falling 75 feet to pavement below, St. Charles police Lt. Don Thurman said. A casino security guard in the area witnessed the incident. Police will review the medical examiner’s report but are considering the death a suicide.

Probation for former Colusa mayor convicted of embezzlement

A former Colusa City Council member and mayor who embezzled more than $100,000 from a former Sutter County judge and district attorney was sentenced Monday to five years formal probation and the one day in jail she served after being arrested. Using the card, she spent $10,000 at the Colusa Casino. She admitted to a probation officer that she has a gambling addiction. “In my mind, I was drawing a paycheck. That was my rationale behind it, warped as it is. I abused my friendship with them,” she told Deputy Probation Officer Heather Walker. “She gambled all the money away,” Page told Walker in the report.

NCAA Investigated for Illegal Gambling

An NCAA ticket dispersal plan involving a lottery may violate laws in some states against gambling. A lawsuit alleging exactly that is headed for an Indiana court after a federal appeals court ruled the case had enough merit to garner a hearing. Rewarding random participants with something of greater value than the price charged to enter a drawing, as the NCAA does for March Madness tickets, constitutes a violation of Indiana law. The state restricts lottery operations to itself, and all others are barred from operating a lottery inside Indiana borders.

5000 people arrested in Asia on world cup illegal gambling

The crackdown in China, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand resulted in the arrest of more than 5000 people in Asia as a world cup operation against illegal gambling, where it seized more than $10 million. The Interpol reported that the police in those countries identified and raided nearly 800 illegal gambling dens. Moreover, during the operation Soga III, that started June 11th and ended July 11, at the same time of World Cup 2010, the Interpol said that the police seized with them on assets including cars, fake bank’s cards, computers and cell phones.

Culver sought donations from gambling interests

DES MOINES, Iowa — Aides to Gov. Chet Culver acknowledged Monday that he sought campaign contributions from two groups applying for casino licenses, but said there was nothing improper about the requests.  Culver solicited donations from groups that wanted to build casinos in Lyon County and Fort Dodge. Those behind the Lyon County bid, which was granted a license, did not donate to Culver’s campaign, but those behind the Fort Dodge bid, which was rejected, gave $25,000.  A special prosecutor is investigating the Fort Dodge contribution.

Three Arrested for Operation of Rock-Paper-Scissors Gambling Site in Japan

An illegal operation based on mobile phone gambling sites in Japan was taken down last week, as the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department reported three arrests in connection with a business that drew some ¥130 million (about $1.5 million) in eight months.  The simply site offered one game: rock-paper-scissors, at which players anted ¥130 and could win prizes of ¥1,000 ($11.50) for winning three games in a row or ¥10,000 ($115) for five games in a row; a Tokyo MPD spokesman stated that the odds on winning five in a row are just 0.9%. Some 27,000-plus played on the website, which ended up paying out just ¥1.43 million, or about 1.1% of the total income.

Lister guilty of stealing $1.4M from sheriff

A judge said Tuesday there was overwhelming evidence that a former Escambia County Sheriff’s Office employee stole $1.4 million from the agency and found her guilty on the second day of her trial. “The paper trail in this case is really incredible,” Judge Paul Rasmussen said. Cathy Lister, 58, a former accounting associate, is accused of stealing money over a decade that should have been deposited into an evidence trust fund account. Lister, who worked at the Sheriff’s Office for 32 years, was charged with one count of aggravated white collar crime and 11 counts of money laundering. She was arrested Feb. 4, six days after she retired. Lister testified that she used the money to pay bills, help family members, gamble at casinos and go shopping.

Multi-million dollar Internet gambling conspiracy: Owners Guilty

The ring-leaders of a multi-million dollar Internet gambling operation being run in Central Texas have been convicted, and now their illegal cafe in McGregor has been shut down. A joint investigation revealed that from April of 2007 until about September of 2009, three men were earning tens of thousands of dollars a day using these illegal Internet operations in four East Texas cities and McGregor. On Monday, under a judge’s orders, the gates were locked permanently on the E-center in McGregor.

“We knew about the potentially illegal activities going on at the E-center,” McGregor Assistant Police Chief James Burson said. For about two years, the business was run under the cover of a typical Internet cafe. That was until McGregor PD teamed up with DPS and the FBI to find this was actually where millions of dollars were illegally won and lost using an Internet gambling ring.

Probation for child endangerment

Evan H. Wormley, 22, of the 4500 block of Evans Avenue in St. Louis, pleaded guilty on Wednesday in St. Charles of felony child endangerment and was placed on probation for five years. Police said Wormley took his 2-year-old son to the Ameristar Casino in September and attacked a man and a woman after they refused his request for money, dropping his son in the process. Police said he dropped the boy near a commercial floor sweeper and left him there as he fled. Wormley will not have a conviction on his record if he completes probation. If he violates the terms, he could be sentenced to up to seven years in prison.

Parkville man pleads guilty

Parkville man already facing charges in an illegal gambling case pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to money laundering and conspiracy to distribute counterfeit luxury goods. James L. Dicapo, 57, admitted that from 2007 to 2009 he sold counterfeit purses, duffle bags, shoes, wallets, sunglasses, designer jeans, T-shirts and baseball caps. The goods bore the names of fashion houses such as Burberry, Coach, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Dooney & Bourke, Ed Hardy, Gucci and Louis Vuitton. Prosecutors estimated the value of the goods at more than $400,000. A grand jury charged Dicapo and three others in March with operating an Internet sports bookmaking business that attracted almost $3.6 million in bets between March 2006 and April 2009.

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