A Brief Look at Crime 03/28– 04/03

Babysitter Denied Request To Lower Bond In Baby’s Death

A Titusville woman, who is accused of putting a baby in a cooler where it was found dead, asked a judge to lower her bond so she can get out of jail on Thursday. However, the judge refused on the grounds that Carolyn Miller is now facing aggravated manslaughter charges. Police revealed the baby was wrapped in red tape, and prosecutors said, not only was the babysitter smoking crack-cocaine, she was visiting gambling clubs when she was supposed to be watching the boy.

NTSB: Tour bus in NYC crash was going up to 78 mph

A top federal transportation official says a casino tour bus involved in a New York City crash that killed 15 people was barreling down the highway at up to 78 mph.  National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman disclosed the information during a U.S. Senate committee hearing in Washington on motor coach safety Wednesday.  The bus crashed March 12 while returning to the city from a casino in Uncasville (UNK’-ahs-vihl), Conn. It flipped onto one side and struck a pole, which nearly tore off the roof.  A passenger says in a $200 million lawsuit driver Ophadell Williams was asleep at the wheel.  Williams says he was well-rested and alert. His lawyer hasn’t returned a message seeking comment.

Supreme Court disciplines 27 attorneys

The Florida Bar announces that the Florida Supreme Court in recent court orders disciplined 27 attorneys, disbarring seven and suspending 15. Some attorneys received more than one form of discipline. Two attorneys were placed on probation; five attorneys were publicly reprimanded. Two attorneys were ordered to pay restitution.  Patrick Cicalese, 129 Center St., Jupiter, disbarred effective immediately, following a Jan. 25 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1992) In June, Cicalese was adjudicated guilty in federal district court in New York of three illegal gambling-related felonies. He was sentenced to three years’ probation on each count, fined $10,000 and assessed a $300 special assessment charge. Cicalese was also ordered to forfeit his interest in at least $4 million obtained as a result of the gambling offenses. (Case No. SC10-1331).

Solicitor must pay back €1.5m embezzled by brother

THE High Court has ordered that the brother of a solicitor who “effectively embezzled” money left to the Catholic Church must pay back €1.5m. The O Ceallaigh firm had  paid Dr Martin some €155,000 from the estate of the late Donal O Suilleabhain, Our Lady’s Manor, Bulloch Harbour, Dalkey, but Dr Martin only realised a further €1.5m was due to the church after media reports last August of Law Society proceedings against  the firm.  The €1.5m due under the  will of Mr O Suilleabhain was misappropriated by Ruairi, said to have a gambling problem, and used by him towards buying and refurbishing properties at Grand Canal Street and Cabra Park, Dublin.

Bookkeeper receives prison sentence, $1.3-million restitution order

A former bookkeeper for  a real estate firm  was sentenced Monday to 31/2  years in prison and ordered to repay $1.3 million she stole to support her habits of drinking, gambling and being generous to strangers. Ann Woods Edwards, 39, who worked for Associated Realty Services Inc., admitted to skimming the money by making out checks to herself, manipulating software programs and simply adding her name to existing bank accounts. “It’s very easy to be generous with other people’s money,” said federal prosecutor Stephen Hall, who noted Edwards had stolen $18,000 from a previous employer. “Most of it went to the casinos. She has shown repeated conduct of fraud.”

3 ex sheriff’s employees sentenced for corruption

Three former employees of a northwest Florida sheriff’s office have been sentenced to four years in state prison for their parts in a wide-ranging corruption scheme. Mike Coup, Sandra Norris and David Yacks were sentenced Wednesday. They were convicted on Oct. 19 of conspiracy to commit racketeering and grand theft of between $20,000 and $100,000. Former Oklaloosa County Sheriff Charlie Morris is serving a federal prison sentence. He pleaded guilty in 2009 to various federal and state charges, including using Homeland Security money to fund Las Vegas gambling trips and buy gifts for a girlfriend. His former administrative director also pleaded guilty to federal and state charges related to the kickback scheme and is in federal prison.

Polo woman sentenced for $414,000 bank theft

Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Polo, Mo., woman was sentenced in federal court today for embezzling more than $414,000 from Bank Northwest, where she was employed in Polo and Hamilton. Calvert took money from five separate customer accounts from Feb. 10, 2003, to Feb. 8, 2010. She later created four fictitious loans, using part of the funds from these loans to replace the money she had taken from customer accounts. Calvert used the rest of the loan money for her personal benefit, giving some to family members and spending some during her monthly trips to gamble at Kansas City casinos.

Chef Jamie Oliver’s Restaurant Manager Accused of Arson to Cover Up Gambling Theft

The manager of British TV chef Jamie Oliver’s Australian restaurant allegedly started a fire that caused AU$1.5 million (US$1.54) damage to cover up thefts for gambling, the Herald Sun reported Thursday. Kevan Stralow, 34, was known as a “high roller” at a Melbourne slot machines venue and had diverted thousands of dollars in takings from Fifteen restaurant before a fire destroyed its offices in the city on June 8, 2008, according to prosecutors at his trial.  The fire caused more than $1 million damage to the Fifteen building, up to $400,000 to a cafe and $100,000 damage to a bar, the court heard.

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