A Brief Look at Crime 10/11 – 10/17

NW Missouri bank employee pleads guilty to embezzling $400,000

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A northwest Missouri bank employee has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $414,000 over a seven-year period. Federal prosecutors say 55-year-old Laurine K. Calvert of Polo used some of the stolen money for monthly gambling trips at Kansas City casinos. Calvert pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City. Sentencing will be scheduled later. She faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine plus restitution.

Wife of ex-Fairfield supervisor pleads guilty to stealing nearly $378,000

The wife of the former Fairfield town supervisor admitted in Herkimer County Court Friday morning that she stole nearly $378,000 in town funds to fuel her gambling addiction. A judgment will also be ordered against Matthews to pay back the town’s stolen funds totaling $377,976.95, Kirk said. While Matthews’ husband, Frank Matthews, was Fairfield town supervisor between May 2006 and November 2009, Randi Matthews admitted that she would repeatedly drain the town’s account by forging documents and tampering with public records to cover up the thefts. After the proceeding, prosecutor Assistant District Attorney Jeff Carpenter said that Frank Matthews is still under investigaiton to determine whether he will face any criminal charges in connection with the thefts.

Woman accused of embezzling $480K from employer

An Indianapolis woman is accused of embezzling nearly a half a million dollars from her employer. Police say the owner of Frakes Engineering, James Frakes contacted them on Thursday.  Frakes told police his employee has a gambling problem and had embezzled approximately $480,000 from his business since 2006. Just 10 days prior to contacting them, Frakes told police he discovered that the employee had been writing checks from the company to the employee.

More indictments may be coming in state gambling probe

Websites like Doc’s Political Parlor are suggesting more indictments are coming soon in the statehouse corruption probe of state government. UAB political pollster Larry Powell said Monday he is very aware of the speculations. “There are rumors flying faster than newspapers and TV can cover them,” Powell said. “It’s hard to tell which ones are true.”
Last Monday in Washington, D.C., U.S. Justice Department officials announced indictments against 11 people, including four state lawmakers, three lobbyists and electronic casino owners Milton McGregor and Ronald Gillley. The FBI official over the investigation said then the probe was far from over.

“The investigation is ongoing,”  Kevin Perkins, Asst. FBI  Director said. “The FBI and it’s partners will continue to investigate allegations of public corruption to insure persons placed in positions of trust by citizens of Alabama accountable for their action.”Alabama Sen. Jabo Waggoner, the state senate minority leader, said he expects more arrests will be coming.

Charges filed in Iowa casino investigation

A special prosecutor has filed charges against four people and two gambling entities after an investigation into campaign contributions made to Iowa Gov. Chet Culver by gaming interests in Webster County. Special Counsel Lawrence F. Scalise says he filed the charges Monday in Polk County District Court. Martin Brent Stevens, Jonathan Swain, Steve Daniel and Curtis Beason, as well Peninsula Gaming Partners LLC and Webster County Entertainment were charged with violating campaign disclosure laws. Beason faces an additional count of obstruction.

59-month prison term for NJ crime family associate

New Jersey man described by prosecutors as a top associate of the Gambino crime family has been sentenced to 59 months in prison on a federal racketeering charge. Fifty-seven-year-old Ralph Cicalese of Roseland pleaded guilty last year to a racketeering conspiracy charge. He was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Stanley Chesler in Newark. Prosecutors say Cicalese ran an illegal gambling operation for the mob, collected debts through threats of violence, extorted lunch truck vendors and received unlawful labor payments.

Dead man named in illegal gambling charges

Federal prosecutors filed criminal charges Wednesday against a Detroit man accused of running an illegal lottery. His lawyer says there’s a problem: Herbert Daniels Sr. is dead. Daniels and wife Willie Mae Truvillion were named in a criminal complaint that had been sealed since March 31. The U.S. attorney’s office just learned about Daniels’ recent death and will drop the case against him when it gets official notification, spokeswoman Gina Balaya said.

East Hanover, NJ, financial planner mulls 10-year plea deal; charged with $1.9M theft

A former financial planner for an East Hanover company has until Dec. 8 to consider a 10-year state prison plea offer to resolve charges of stealing $1.9 million to support an online gambling addiction. State Deputy Attorney General John Kennedy conveyed the plea offer Wednesday to the defendant, Oakland resident Daniel J. Trolaro, 34, during a status conference in state Superior Court, Morristown. Trolaro is charged with financial facilitation of criminal activity, and 10  counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of property received. The amounts authorities say were pilfered from clients ranged from $46,000 to $910,000.

Ex-sumo wrestler pleads not guilty to trying to extort Y100 mil

A former sumo wrestler pleaded not guilty Wednesday to the charge of attempting to extort 100 million yen in hush money from former ozeki Kotomitsuki in connection with illegal gambling on professional baseball games. Mitsutomo Furuichi, 38, is alleged to have demanded the money from Kotomitsuki in March along with two mobsters, Satohiro Mantani, 37, and Yoshihiko Yasuda, 46, threatening to disclose Kotomitsuki’s involvement in illegal gambling to the media.

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