A Brief Look at Crime 11/08 – 11/14

Rivers Casino Has Another Incident Of Leaving Children In Car

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has stressed to casinos in the state that underage gambling would not be permitted inside the casinos. Perhaps that is why parents continue to leave their children in cars while the parents are inside gambling.  The latest incident of this heinous crime came on Saturday when two adults were arrested and charged in conjunction with leaving two children in the car while they gambled at the Rivers Casino. Rivers is one of the newest casinos in the state, and it has amped up security in the parking lot to avoid these situations.

This crime has become common in Pennsylvania in recent months. The Gaming Board has warned several casinos about protecting against this occurrence. The casinos have been advised to add security, and to also train security to look for this type of behavior.

Potato Peeler Robber Who Held Up Bookies Gets 5 Years Prison

In one of the more bizarre robberies ever reported, a man was sentenced to 5 years behind bars for robbing a bookmaker.  The weapon:  A potato peeler! Gary McGain, 29, hid the peeler in a sockso it looked like a gun and pointed it at a cashier’s head. McGain appears to have been a serial robber, having hit the same bookmakers on at least one previous occasion. The perpetrator is said to have had a gambling problem, owing significant amounts of money to a local loan shark.

Ex-pharmacy aide gets 1 year, must pay $366,054 for selling diabetic supplies stolen from Everett hospital

Worley is alleged to have stolen $366,054 worth of insulin with an estimated retail value of more than than $1.2 million. Pepin resold the the supplies through his business, First Medical Resources, Inc. According to authorities, the insulin was not refrigerated during shipping or storing, which made it potentially unsafe for use. The insulin and test strips were being sold to small pharmacies or other distributors who may not have been aware that First Medical Resources was not a licensed drug wholesaler in Florida. Worley told investigators he has a gambling addiction and spent most of the money at casinos and on lottery tickets. Since his arrest, he has participated in Gamblers Anonymous. He told the court he suffered “great shame and could not walk to the mail box or grocery store” in the weeks following his indictment.

Feds raid company alleged to be paying local online poker players

Federal prosecutors in Seattle have moved to seize $553,000 from a Canadian company they say is facilitating payments to online poker players. In a civil complaint filed earlier this month, prosecutors asked a U.S. District Court judge to order the balance of six bank accounts associated with the service be forfeited to the government. Prosecutors claim the service, identified in court documents as Secure Money, Inc., sent payments to Washington poker players using online gambling sites in violation of state law. In essence, prosecutors contend Secure Money, Inc., paid out poker players after they won money playing online. The checks labeled as “payroll” payments, according to the complaint, were mailed to players.

Network manager admits defrauding company to feed gambling habit

After he had burned through his family’s assets to feed his gambling addiction, Phillip Adrian Webb found, quite by accident, a way to get his employer to pay for it.  As the head of a credit union’s computer network system, Webb knew that when he needed a replacement part from Cisco Systems Inc., they’d send him one and ask him to return the defective part. But he discovered the company seldom checked to see if the faulty part he sent back was actually what he told them it was.

So in the spring of 2007, he hatched the scheme: Tell Cisco he needed a new piece of computer hardware, then when it arrived, he’d sell it online and pocket the proceeds. He then sent some cheap second-hand part back to the company, telling them it was his original broken part. Over a two-year period, the scheme cost Cisco more than $388,000.

Police officer’s wife sentenced for stealing

A Tauranga police detective’s wife has been sentenced to home detention and community work after she stole more than $25,000 from an 84-year-old widow and a bank to bankroll her secret gambling addiction. Forty-four-year-old Vicki Lee McCaskie – the wife of police officer Rob McCaskie – stole $17,591.51 from the widow and $8000 from her employer, Westpac, to cover gambling losses her family knew nothing about, the Bay of Plenty Times reported.

She was sentenced in Tauranga District Court yesterday to five months’ home detention and 250 hours’ community work after earlier pleading guilty to five charges of obtaining by deception and one charge of theft by a person in a special relationship. McCaskie developed a personal relationship with the victim after her husband died and would help her with transactions. Between July and October last year, McCaskie made numerous withdrawals from her two bank accounts.

Stanius pleads guilty to all charges in school thefts

A former Shakopee High School administrative assistant pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing more than $168,000 from a student activity account. Deanna Stanius, 50, of Burnsville pleaded guilty in Scott County District Court to all six counts of theft by swindle. All counts are felonies. The guilty pleas were offered without any plea agreement. Tamburino said while his client doesn’t want to make excuses, Stanius has a severe gambling addiction and suffers from depression. Stanius has received some inpatient treatment for her addiction, he said. “It’s today’s world, gambling is pretty prevalent and is easy to get to … and it took her in,” he said. “It just took over everything.”

Embezzler ordered to serve suspended prison term

A Baltimore judge on Monday ordered a Reisterstown man to serve a five-year prison term that was suspended nearly 20 years ago, the Maryland Attorney General’s Office announced. Roy H. Adler, 52, was convicted in 1991 of embezzling more than $4 million from his employer and Blue Cross/Blue Shield while working as an accountant. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with half of it suspended, and ordered to pay $3.2 million restitution. But Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Lynn K. Stewart on Monday ordered him to complete the remainder after finding that he’d stopped paying the money he owed more than two years ago. Adler, who has admitted a gambling problem, is scheduled to stand trial in February on another case alleging he wrote several bad checks.

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