A Brief Look at Crime 12/6 – 12/12

Police identify suspect killed in St. Petersburg game room shooting

Two recently released convicts went to a game parlor Tuesday night to rob the place, police said. They ended up in a shooting instead. Police said Robert Lee Dawson, 29, was armed and wearing a mask when he entered the 16th Street Game Room. It appears a customer fired first, hitting Dawson in the neck. Police found Dawson dead in the doorway. Lathierio M. Golden, 23, was shot in the hand and never fired his weapon, police said. He fled and was arrested at a hospital. He faces charges of second-degree murder, armed robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Former CEO of nonprofit gets year in prison for theft

On Thursday, the former president and chief executive officer of Diversified Industrial Services was sentenced to a year in prison after admitting he stole from the company. “Obviously, I owe a lot of apologies to a lot of folks,” he told a Snohomish County Superior Court judge Thursday. Storkel and Sandra Adams Ball, the company’s former finance director, received the same one-year prison term. She was sentenced in September. Together, the pair took cash advances totaling more than $110,0000. That not only was in violation of company policy, they also failed to repay the money. Storkel blamed his downfall on a gambling addiction.

Besides the theft, the pair failed to pay more than $100,000 in payroll taxes. “We almost lost our building,” Mack told the judge. It also has been difficult dealing with the bad publicity. The company has been around for more than 40 years and employs about 125 workers, many with developmental disabilities.  “Gambling took over his life” and crushed him financially, Duncan said.

Cresswell jailed for fraud

FORMER AFL star Daryn Cresswell has been convicted of two counts of aggravated fraud and sentenced to three years’ jail, suspended after 10 months. The former Sydney Swans player and Brisbane Lions assistant coach admitted dishonestly obtaining more than $300,000 from the National Australia Bank through forged loan applications. The court heard Cresswell had created and used the fake title deeds of a Coolum Beach property to gain loans of $80,000 in 2005 and $240,000 in 2006. He has previously said a gambling addiction led him to lose everything he had.

DA charges suspended lawyer Crawford in theft

The Clark County district attorney’s office has filed a criminal complaint against suspended personal injury lawyer Douglas Crawford, accusing him of stealing more than $354,000 from several clients. Crawford, 55, once a regular on KVBC-TV programs, told the State Bar during his disciplinary proceedings that he stole the money to support gambling, alcohol and drug addictions. The Supreme Court said he also suffered from depression. The Supreme Court ordered Crawford to continue to meet weekly with his psychiatrist and to attend regular gamblers anonymous meetings. The high court also ordered Crawford to make nearly $400,000 in restitution to his clients. In an Oct. 4 interview with detectives, Crawford acknowledged that he was “horrible” and had “hurt people.”

Woman ignores son’s pleas and jumps to her death

A 10-year-old boy’s pleas to his mother not to jump went unheeded as the woman leapt 13 floors to her death from a block of flats in Jalan Tun Dr Ismail here. Residents were alarmed when they heard the boy crying and screaming hysterically. Another resident claimed that Loh said she wanted to commit suicide due to her husband’s gambling habit.

US Launches Operation Jackpot to Seize Illegal Gaming Devices

The US authorities launched “Operation Jackpot” earlier this week, in which at least 13 different locations in Georgia were raided and illegal gambling devices seized. Fifteen people were reportedly arrested and the police confiscated hundreds of video gambling and slot machines in the operation. Operation Jackpot involved at least 150 officers from a number of departments, including the FBI, the US Marshals Service and even the Immigration Customs Enforcement.  “It’s a huge investigation,” said Sheriff Kem Kimbourgh. The police arrested the owner of a gambling machine manufacturing plant called All Star. Larry Lee Simmons also owns The Cedar Room in Riverdale, which wasn’t spared a raid by authorities either.

N.J. woman pleads guilty to stealing $500K from student government

A 48-year-old New Jersey woman who used to work for the New Jersey City University pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing more than half a million dollars from the student government. Shaunette R. Moody of Jersey City worked as the student government office manager and used the group’s bank account to write more than 200 checks to her husband and at least three other Jersey City residents. Over three years, the group allegedly stole and laundered $502,117.They used the money “to purchase goods and services for their own benefit, including entertainment and gambling in Atlantic City,” according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s office in New Jersey.

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