A Brief Look at Crime 11/15 – 11/21

Man Charged With Murder in Court Monday

A Lee’s Summit man charged with first degree murder will be arraigned at the Pettis County Courthouse today. 45-year-old Daniel Maschger is accused of stabbing and killing 76-year-old Rebeka Marcus of Sedalia. This could be the last time Maschger appears at the courthouse. He is requesting a change of judge and venue. The Supreme Court of Missouri allows for a change of venue from a county with fewer than 75,000 residents. That is to guarantee a fair trial from an area where residents are more likely to know about the case. The married father of two is currently being held at the Pettis County Jail. He says a gambling addiction motivated the attack on Marcus.

Woman cites gambling addiction in theft

Kingston resident Marisa Harlen admitted Wednesday before the start of a preliminary hearing that she took money from her elderly aunt to support a gambling addiction. “If I could take back what happened, I would,” Harlen said while speaking with members of the media. “I’m absolutely sorry … .” Harlen was charged in September with taking more than $107,000 from her aunt, Louise Mary Olenik, 81, after being granted power of attorney over her aunt’s finances.

Builder repaid for Cape lawyer’s theft

A contractor bilked out of more than a half million dollars by a Cape attorney is getting his money back. It’s the second largest award ever granted by the Massachusetts Clients Security Board, a quasi state panel that makes good on money stolen from attorneys’ clients. Norman Sasville, 63, of Middleboro was awarded $656,000 by the state board. He’s one of 92 clients awarded $2.4 million by the board this year, according to a press release issued this week.

Sasville was bilked out of the money by John “Jack” Roberts, 60, a Dennis attorney who has since been disbarred. Roberts pleaded guilty in May to embezzling the money from Sasville. “Mr. Roberts collected $1,356,909.49, disbursed $700,994.89 to or for the benefit of (Sasville), and misappropriated the balance for his gambling addiction,” the board stated in its narrative on the case.

Man stole $139,000 in takings

A Papamoa man with a serious gambling habit has admitted he stole $139,112 while employed as manager of Tauranga Lone Star Restaurant. To facilitate the theft he would transfer the cost of patrons’ meals and other items to a another table number in the restaurant which did not exist. He then deleted the cost of the meals from the patrons’ table so there was no trace when he cashed up. Between 2008 and the end of August this year he took $139,112 from the restaurant’s takings in amounts of between $3.50 and $360 a time. He told police he was under stress and had a gambling habit.

Police: Mother Left Child in Cold Car While She Gambled

STARK COUNTY, Ohio — A mother was taken into custody after police say she left her four-year-old son sleeping in the back seat of a car, on a near freezing night, while she gambled. When deputies arrived they found a small child sleeping in the back seat of the vehicle. The car was not running at the time. According to deputies the temperature when they arrived, reported by the weather bureau at the Akron-Canton Airport, was 36 degrees. An employee told police Johnson had been at the Cyber City Cafe for over four hours. The boy was placed in the custody of Child Protective Services and Johnson was booked at the Stark County Jail, charged with one count of child endangering.

Man sentenced to 8 years for tax fraud

A man who used other people’s identification and Social Security numbers obtained through his tax preparation service in California to collect fraudulent tax refunds from Hawaii and 23 other states is going to federal prison. A federal judge sentenced Michael Stringer today to eight years in prison for wire fraud and aggravated ID theft. The judge also ordered Stringer to repay $1,072,977 in fraudulent tax refunds he collected from 2007 and 2009. The Hawaii portion of the restitution is $282,004, according to court records. Authorities said Stringer used the money he stole to support his $1,500 per week gambling addiction. When investigators caught up with him last year, they recovered less than $10,000 of the stolen money.

Convicted ex-Land Office employee surrenders self

A former employee of the Commissioners of the Land Office in Oklahoma who embezzled $1.16 million from the agency has surrendered to authorities. Roger Melson turned himself in Monday before Oklahoma County District Judge Kenneth Watson to begin serving a 10-year prison sentence. He will be processed at the Oklahoma County Jail before being sent to the state prison system.

The 56-year-0ld Melson was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty in August to 174 counts of embezzlement. His attorney has said Melson embezzled to feed a gambling habit. The Land Office manages land for public schools and collects oil and gas royalties from mineral leases. The money is distributed among public schools in the state.

Longtime Genovese mobster Anthony Antico gets nine years in prison for illicit gambling club

Longtime Genovese mobster Anthony Antico was sentenced Wednesday to nine years for racketeering and running an illegal gambling club on Staten Island while he was in prison. The sentence was particulary heavy considering that Antico, 74, was acquitted by a Brooklyn jury of the most serious charge of ordering the fatal robbery of mobbed-up jeweler Louis Antonelli in 2008. But Federal Judge Carol Amon ruled that the testimony of snitch Salvatore (Sally Fish) Maniscalco tying Antico to the heist was credible and should be factored in the sentence.

Trial of man charged with fatally shooting three people in Newark gambling hall begins

The trial of a man accused of fatally shooting three people inside a late-night gambling hall five years ago opened this morning, with the assistant prosecutor saying the gunfire erupted during an argument over a dice game. David Jackson, now 25, is charged with opening fire inside the SJMJ Democratic Social Club on Sept. 28, 2005, killing Cynthia Corbett, 46, and Jessie Young, 44, and wounding two others. One of those injured in the shooting, Yusef Muhammad, died three years later, of complications from the gunshot wound, authorities said. He was 48 at the time of his death.

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