Daily Archives: November 17, 2010

A Brief Look at Crime 10/25 – 10/31

Former Georgetown, NBA player shot at Maryland home

According to a police official familiar with the case former Georgetown and NBA player Charles Smith has been seriously injured in a shooting at his Prince George’s County home. Police are still investigating a motive in the shooting, according to the police official, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the information has not been publicly released. Police say a man found with a gunshot wound at the home in Bowie was taken to a local hospital where he was listed in serious condition. Spokeswoman Sgt. Michelle Reedy says a search of the home Friday turned up a large quantity of cocaine and evidence of a gambling operation.

Casino Robbery Turns Foul, Victim Dies In Hospital

A young man in North Vegas has succumbed to injuries sustained in what appears to be an attempted casino robbery. Stefon Clark, 21, was arrested for robbing people in the bathroom of the Opera House Casino in North Vegas. Unfortunately, one of the proposed robberies had ended in the shooting of one particular victim. The gunshot wounds proved to be too much, and the victim, 30,  succumbed to his wounds in the hospital to which he had been taken. Clark was arrested and charged with murder with a deadly weapon and robbery with a deadly weapon.

Yearlong Investigation Culminates In 31 Indictments Over Gambling Ring

After a year of investigation, 31 people have been indicted on charges that include money laundering, gambling, drugs, and violence related to the previous three crimes. The investigation, which began after complaints of bookmaking and loan sharking, brought 103 different indictments against the 31. This is one of many sweeps against organized crime, particularly related to gambling, in the past few months.

According to reports, individuals had been viciously attacked in order to collect gambling debts. Loans would be offered by those operating these illegal sports betting rackets, and violence was allegedly used to collect on the debt. Of the 31 indicted, those who were pinched over the illegal gambling operation could face six years imprisonment for their involvement in the illegal gaming.

Employee of the United States Postal Service Found Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court for Operating $10 Million Illegal Gambling Ring

From 2005 to 2009, WASHINGTON, who was then a USPS supervisor, along with several co-conspirators who worked at the USPS and other state and local government agencies, operated a “Lotto”-type gambling business (the “Lottery”) which tracked the numbers chosen for the New York State Lotto drawings and paid out on a monthly basis prizes in the range of $100,000 and more.

Nurse’s gambling addiction led to $32,000 fraud

The visits to the casino started out as fun outings for a respected nurse who needed a release from caring for patients and family members. But what began as a past-time for Shelley Henderson, turned into an addiction. And when her pay cheques were gobbled up by gambling, and she wondered how she would pay her bills, Henderson began falsifying expenses to her employer, the Kwakuitl District Council (KDC). “Every single day I have great remorse for what I did,” Henderson said as she wept while addressing the court. “I know I’ve let my family and co-workers down.”

Feds: Scammer cheated charities

Charities and non-profit organizations that benefit schoolchildren and support people with life-threatening illnesses lost hundreds of thousands of dollars to a 33-year-old con artist who promised them several rounds at the Augusta National Golf Course, a walk-on role on the television show “Desperate Housewives,” and tickets to the Tony Awards, among other prizes, but never delivered, federal authorities said today.

After the winning bidders made their pledges and he received his commissions, 33-year-old Gregory Ciccone of Wayne used a variety of stall tactics and excuses to avoid ponying up — including once telling a winning bidder that the 2009 Tour de France had been postponed, they said. He allegedly used the money, in part, to feed a gambling habit.

Sports Betting Mob Leader Facing Up To 12 Years In Prison

Andrew Merola, 42, faces up to 12 years in prison when he is sentenced Friday on charges of racketeering and sports betting.  Prosecutors claim that Merola is a Mob leader and associate of the Gambino crime family who took part in a “smorgasbord of criminal activities”. Most of the 22 co-defendants in the case have already plead guilty.

Authorities claim that Merola headed a racketeering enterprise engaging in fraud, extortion, loan-sharking and sports betting.  The two-year investigation was conducted by New Jersey state police, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office and the FBI and included some 39,000 plus wiretapped conversations between Merola and other associates.

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