A Brief Look at Crime 01/03 – 01/9

Doctor, You’re Wanted in Jail

It was a business plan that might have been written by Quentin Tarantino. An enterprising young doctor in Brooklyn decides to fund his gambling habit by peddling Adderall, the stimulant of choice among high-powered students and professionals. His stripper-turned-med-student girlfriend handles distribution over the Internet. Business was going just fine—until they were busted. Gabriel pleaded guilty in September to one count of conspiracy. He has been living in Ohio, where Wiltshire is now under house arrest in her family’s home.

Dog fights bring charges

Sixteen people arrested in Claiborne County for dog fighting have been indicted and could face trial later this month.  Meanwhile, a dog fighting charge has been dropped against the alleged organizer of a 2008 Jackson match that led to three dogs being euthanized.  An organization fighting for tougher laws against animal cruelty says dog fighting is a severe problem throughout the state.” It serves as a form of revenue for the dog owner participants, a racket for illegal gambling, and an unconscionable spectator’s sport,”  says Mississippi – Fighting Animal Cruelty Together .

Feds Quietly Freeze Online Poker Cash in Washington

Federal prosecutors in the state of Washington have in recent months quietly moved to seize nearly $8 million from financial outfits that were processing transactions for big online poker companies like PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, Ultimate Bet and Absolute Poker.  According to four civil forfeiture complaints filed in federal court in Seattle since October, federal prosecutors have moved against cash sitting in accounts at Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Wells Fargo & Co. and SunTrust Banks, belonging to payment processor firms like Arrow Checks, Secure Money, Etegrity Processing, Anaya Trading Solutions and Blue Lake Capital Management and Logistics.

The cash grab is the latest move in the Justice Department’s battle against online poker and comes after Washington’s State Supreme Court in September upheld a 2006 state law that made it a felony to play online poker for money in the state of Washington. The government’s cash grab is the result of a task force investigation that included the Washington State Gambling Commission and began in January 2009, the court filings show. The largest of these forfeiture cases, filed in December and involving $5.1 million, began in June after task force officer William Marik was notified by a witness that he had received a payout check of online poker winnings from Arrow Checks. The government investigation tracked more than $20 million of wire transfers from Canada and Texas to Arrow Checks accounts at Bank of America controlled by Scott Seguin and Justin Sather, court documents say.

Former SM bank branch manager to be sentenced for bank fraud

A former Santa Maria bank branch manager who stole more than $135,000 from the institution from 2007 to 2009 will soon be headed to prison. Monica Bagby, who used to manage the CoastHills Federal Credit Union branch at 2364 South Bradley Road in the Crossroads Shopping Center, pleaded guilty in May to four counts of bank fraud filed in federal court. The prosecution said that the mandatory 12-month period of home detention Bagby will serve as part of her supervised release will allow her to continue her mental health treatment and address her gambling problems.

Former state worker who gambled on job gets 2 years prison

A former Plainfield woman and 25-year state employee was sentenced to two years in prison and lost her state pension at sentencing today for the theft of an estimated $207,000 in overtime pay.  Lisa E. Bloomer, 50, was working for the state Department of Developmental Services at the Church Street Client Living Arrangement in Mystic where police said she forged signatures to gain overtime pay when she was gambling at area casinos.

New Jersey fines casinos $115,000 in cheating, broken alarm, underage gambling cases

New Jersey casino regulators handed out $115,000 in fines Wednesday to Atlantic City casinos who failed to immediately catch a cheating dealer and customer, had a malfunctioning alarm system that let a robber walk away with $8,000 after holding up a cashier, allowed someone other than the winner to fill out tax forms for five slots jackpots, and allowed underage patrons to gamble and drink.  The fines come as state lawmakers are set to consider a bill that would remove full-time inspectors from the casinos in order to let the gambling houses save money.

Three arrested after chase in Florida

LARGO – Pinellas County deputies arrested three people after a brief chase Tuesday morning.  An on-duty deputy spotted a car on Ulmerton Road that matched the description of the car involved in a Sunday robbery at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver took off.  The deputy chased the car for several minutes before it abruptly pulled over at Tall Pines Drive and Whispering Drive. The three people inside jumped out and ran off.

2 Parents Banned from PA FLEECINOS (Kids left in cars)

Two patrons who left children unattended at the Parx Casino have been banned from the gaming hall, Pennsylvania regulators said Thursday. Fajiao Sun of Philadelphia was arrested Feb. 14, 2010, for leaving his 10-year-old daughter at the self-park entrance of the Bensalem, Pa., casino while he played virtual blackjack, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said. Xin Li of Philadelphia was arrested the same day, also while playing virtual blackjack, leaving two sons, 5- and 6-years-old, at the self-park entrance. In all, 10 people have been banned from the state’s 10 casinos, including two Philadelphia-area men who also left children in cars.

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