A Brief Look at Crime 8/9 – 8/15

‘High roller’ gets four-year sentence

According to one gambling associate at the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort, Shellee Spinks “played the part of a high roller,” tipping waitresses $500 or dropping a hundred bucks in the doorman’s palm. Spinks, 47, a paralegal who passed herself off as a lawyer, was sentenced yesterday to four years in prison for defrauding clients of of $2.6 million. The Hamilton woman pleaded guilty in April to 16 criminal charges, including theft by power of attorney, 12 counts of theft by conversion, perjury, obstruction of justice, and uttering a forged document.

Ex-worker admits stealing $630K from Newark trucking company

A former employee of a Newark trucking company pleaded guilty to theft by deception for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the company, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office announced today. A prosecutor said Marco Laviola, 35, of North Bergen stole about $630,000 from Sal Son Trucking Company on Doremus Avenue between 2005 and 2007, according to a press release. The release said Laviola obtained false or fraudulent checks drawn on the company’s business account and distributed the money to co-conspirators. Assistant Prosecutor Jane Plaisted said Laviola, who stole the money to support his gambling habit, has agreed to make restitution to the victim.

Man Dies After Being Shot in Gambling Dispute

An Inwood man died in Harlem Hospital Thursday after being shot two days earlier during a gambling dispute, police said. Emergency responders rushed him to the hospital in critical condition. The location where Ford was shot is actually a private address that plays host to illegal gambling, NYPD sources said. No suspects have been arrested, and the incident remains under investigation, NYPD sources said.

Woman kills children, commits suicide

Apparently unhappy with the drinking and gambling habits of her husband, a woman first hanged her two minor children and then committed suicide at Rajpura village near here, police said today.    The woman identified as Droupdi first hanged her daughter Rashmi (9), and son Pradeep (6) and then committed suicide in the same manner late last night. She was frustrated over her husband Janki Patel’s alleged bad habits of indulging in gambling and consuming liquor, they said.    Patel had recently sold his land in Rs 20 lakh, out of which he had spent Rs 17.18 lakh in gambling and liquor following which the couple had a frequent altercation over the issue and possibly this forced her to take the extreme step late last night, police said.

Kansas City man pleads guilty to role in $3.5 million online bookmaking business

A federal crackdown on illegal online sports bookmaking has netted another guilty plea in a Kansas City operation involving more than $3.5 million in bets. The U.S. Attorney’s office says 57-year-old Michael Lombardo pleaded guilty Wednesday to conducting an illegal gambling business.  Prosecutors said Lombardo admitted conducting the operation from March 2006 to March 2009. The Kansas City-based business relied on a website with a computer server located in Costa Rica.

Pa. man who killed NJ casino boss gets 30 years

A Pennsylvania man who admitted gunning down a New Jersey casino supervisor last year has been sentenced to 30 years in state prison without parole. The Norristown, Pa., man has admitted that he walked into Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in 2009 with a gun and targeted Kot, whom he knew from regularly gambling there. Magee has said he believed casinos cheat gamblers by electronically manipulating table games like roulette and craps.

Carmichael woman stole from abused children’s group

A Carmichael woman is accused of using a Visa debit card she was authorized to use as an employee of an advocacy group for abused children to withdraw thousands for gambling, says the Woodland Police Department. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) administrators made a report with Woodland police on July 29 that they believed a employee was embezzling money, said Sgt. Anthony Cucchi. During their investigation, Cucchi said detectives learned approximately $30,000 in unauthorized funds had been withdrawn by Medlock between April and July. Medlock is believed to have gambled the funds at four casinos, Cucchi said.

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