A Brief Look at Crime 8/2 – 8/8

13-Year-Old Sacramento Boy Chained As Punishment

Sacramento Police report that a 13-year-old boy is now safe after his father and step-mother chained him down to their kitchen table, off and on, for several days. Sacramento police responded to reports of a juvenile walking around the neighborhood hancuffed with chains around his neck asking for help Friday night.

When police arrived they said the boy reported his father and step-mother had chained him down to the kitchen table to keep him in the house while they went gambling. Police believe the boy had been chained off-and-on since Wednesday, and finally managed find a key and escape Friday. His aunt says it wouldn’t be the first time they left him to do that. She says they kicked him out just before taking a trip to Vegas in March.

Ex-RUC man to face trial for OAP’s murder

A former police inspector is to stand trial for the murder of a wealthy widow  in Belfast more than 20 years ago, a judge has ruled. [He] is accused of killing 80-year-old Annabella Symington  at her home in the south of the city. The ex-RUC officer, who served in the force for more than 20 years, is also  charged with stealing a purse containing £200 from the pensioner. Mrs Symington’s body was discovered by a neighbour at her house in Willesden  Park, Stranmillis, on Halloween night in 1989.  During a previous court hearing it was alleged that [he] was a gambling addict who went to the  victim’s home to ask for money.

Man stole more than $200,000 from New Prague construction firm

A subcontractor who admitted to stealing funds from Rybak Construction of New Prague to support a gambling habit was ordered to pay $222,522 in restitution and will serve 45 days in jail. Richard Rybak, owner of the construction company, reported the theft to New Prague police in February last year. Rybak said he hired Fulton in July 2007 to find jobs for the construction company. Eventually, said Rybak, he discovered that job payments from customers were not being placed directly into Rybak’s bank account. Rybak told police he suspected that Fulton was keeping the money.

His suspicions were confirmed on Dec. 11, 2008, according to court records, when Fulton sent Rybak an e-mail in which he admitted, “I have a gambling problem and have been having some of my customers pay me. I owe the company a lot of the collection money that is out there.” Fulton added that “the bottom line is I owe the company the money and I will get it paid back somehow.”

Bradford trial hears man told sister he had stolen £920 from father’s account

A murder accused was desperate for money after plundering his father’s bank account to feed his gambling habit, a jury heard. Reaben Kareem’s sister told him: “Shame on you” when she found out what he had done. Kareem and Osman deny murder but admit conspiracy to rob. Three days before Tony was killed, Kareem and his sister, Heasho, communicated on MSN Messenger.  She told him their father had had money stolen from his account and the family was going to the bank.  Kareem, whose user name was Iwantmorethan, told her he took the money and asked her to say nothing.

AFSCME Official in Milwaukee Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement From Voter Fund

Casinos held a special appeal for Paula Dorsey, even as her losses mounted. Her big mistake was using union funds to cover those losses. Dorsey, formerly president of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District Council 48, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin to embezzling roughly $180,000 in union funds, though the actual thefts were around $30,000 more than that. She admitted her actions to officials of the Milwaukee labor organization after being contacted by the union bank concerning suspicious withdrawals. In addition to payment of restitution, she faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

Japan Police Raid Yakuza Offices as Part of Sumo Gambling Scandal

Japanese police on Monday raided the offices of yakuza gangs in connection with a widening gambling scandal tarnishing the tradition-steeped sport of sumo. The raids followed the arrests of three gangsters and a former sumo wrestler on Sunday on suspicion they extorted Y6 million ($A76,623) from a broker of illegal baseball gambling. Sumo’s governing body has said at least 27 wrestlers, masters and others from 13 sumo training centres or “stables” have admitted to illegally gambling on the results of Japanese professional baseball games. Betting in Japan is permitted only on horse racing and certain motor sports.

EAST ST. LOUIS > Man is sentenced in Ponzi scheme

A man from Trenton, Ill., was sentenced Monday to 87 months in federal prison for bilking elderly investors out of $1.8 million in a Ponzi scheme, federal prosecutors said. Lavern Huelsmann, 44, pleaded guilty in April to one count of mail fraud and one count of money laundering and admitted running the scam under the business name Senior Retirement Services. Prosecutors say Huelsmann used money from investors in Southern Illinois and elsewhere for personal expenses, gambling, his own investments and to “build, decorate and accessorize” his home.

Caregiver took $65K from Tinley woman

Police are looking for a live-in caregiver who they said funded a gambling habit by stealing $65,000 from a 73-year-old Tinley Park woman.  Tinley Park police said Monday the case is still under investigation and no warrants have been issued.  The caregiver, 40, is from New Lenox and had been caring for the wheelchair-bound woman since last year, police said.The woman, of the 16100 block of Lake Villa Avenue, told police that she grew suspicious when her checks began bouncing last month. She talked on July 22 with the caregiver, who began to cry when questioned about the checks, police said.

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