A Brief Look at Crime 11/29 – 12/05

AP: Broncos’ Kenny McKinley deep in debt before suicide

Denver Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley had a gambling problem and was deep in debt when he committed suicide on Sept. 21, friends and family told authorities during a probe into his death. Detectives also determined that McKinley had spoken about suicide with at least three of his friends, including former Broncos backup quarterback Tom Brandstater. Brandstater told investigators that McKinley had a “major gambling problem” and that he told him that he owed $40,000 in Las Vegas. He said the two of them had dinner for 10 straight nights in May trying to “hash out ways to fix it.”

Brandstater told investigators he eventually lent McKinley $65,000 and that he nearly emptied his bank accounts to help out his friend. McKinley was supposed to send Brandstater $7,500 from each paycheck but hadn’t paid back any of the money, Brandstater said.

Man Dies In South Stockton Shooting

Police said the victim was taken to San Joaquin County General Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds. Officers said the victim was in his 20s, but did not release his identity. Investigators said the shooting appears to be gang-related, but it may have been a result of an argument about gambling. Officers said the attack happened near where a lot of street dice games and drug deals take place.

227 football bookie arrested were involved in betting 2010 World Cup

A total of 227 football bookie arrested were involved in betting football betting during the 2010 World Cup in June. Home Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the arrests are also involved amounted to RM417.9 million cash deposit. “Eight of the cases that gambling betting prosecuted,” he said in a written reply to Hee Loy Sian (PKR-Petaling Jaya Selatan) who wants to know the number of successful football bookie was arrested and taken to court during the 2010 World Cup. Regarding the efforts to prevent gambling betting football in this country, Hishammuddin said, the police formed a special team to handle the movement of illegal activity.

Woman loses gambling game, sells relative’s baby

A 23-year-old woman who lost in a gambling game was arrested in Caloocan City after she sold her relative’s six-month-old son on Tuesday, to pay her dues, a police official said. Chief Inspector Marcelo Mariano, substation 2 head of the Caloocan City police, said that the mother of the child, a resident of Sto. Cristo, Balintawak in Quezon City, had entrusted her baby to Marilyn Ramos so she could run errands without leaving him alone in the house.

Former Camp Fire USA exec sentenced to 51 months for embezzlement

A former Camp Fire USA executive director will serve two consecutive sentences totaling 51 months after he pleaded guilty to stealing more than $390,000 from the nonprofit for his gambling addictions. Camp Fire president Mike Morgan spoke on behalf of the victims who were affected by Burney’s actions, saying that the 450 children who participate could have been in better programs “if Mr. Burney had not made the money his own.

“We ask that you send a message to those who choose to steal from nonprofits that this type of crime doesn’t pay,” he told Junell. Burney was sentenced to 27 months for the bank fraud charge and 24 months for the aggravated identity theft charge. He will be sent to a prison near Fort Worth, where Junell also recommended he receive mental health treatment and counseling for gambling addictions.

Official pleads guilty to fraud

A former Ministry of Economy and Finance official pleaded guilty to charges of forgery and embezzlement during a hearing at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday, claiming he had stolen more than US$600,000 of state money to fund a gambling addiction. “I acknowledge and confess  my guilt for embezzling state funds, which I did alone with my skillful extending of numbers and correcting numbers on checks,” he said.  “I embezzled state funds … took this money and lost it gambling at Naga casino for my addiction, [I did] not take the money for supplying my family or other interests.”

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