A Brief Look at Crime 08/01 – 08/07

One dead, two hospitalized in Nevis shootings

The excitement and fun of the Nevis Culturama festival was spoilt last night and this morning with shootings and a homicide. According to police reports, three separate shooting incidents have left one man dead and two others hospitalized.  Head of Nevis division of the police force, Inspector Brandy told ZIZ news that at 9 o’clock last night Bernard Browne of Cole Hill was getting out of his vehicle to go into his home when he was attacked and shot. He was taken to the hospital and is in a stable condition.  Then at 1 am on Monday some persons crept up on an old house at Pond Hill in Gingerland where illegal gambling was taking place. A fight broke out and Joel Simmonds was shot. He was transported to the hospital where he is in a critical condition.

Stanius pleads guilty to all charges in school thefts

A former Shakopee High School administrative assistant pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing more than $168,000 from a student activity account. Deanna Stanius, 50, of Burnsville pleaded guilty in Scott County District Court to all six counts of theft by swindle. All counts are felonies. The guilty pleas were offered without any plea agreement. “She just wants to express to the public and especially the school district that she’s extremely remorseful with her theft,” Stanius’ attorney Joseph Tamburino said following the hearing.  Tamburino said while his client doesn’t want to make excuses, Stanius has a severe gambling addiction and suffers from depression. Stanius has received some inpatient treatment for her addiction, he said.  “It’s today’s world, gambling is pretty prevalent and is easy to get to … and it took her in,” he said. “It just took over everything.”

Two Charged With Leaving Their Children In Hot Cars Outside Parx Casino

This is like one of those Gambling Addiction PSAs come to life. This past Saturday, at Parx Casino in Bensalem, a six year-old girl was found in the parking lot, left unattended in her father’s sweltering car, for at least “17 minutes” according to The Inquirer. Michael Roytman was found in the casino after his daughter was treated by rescue workers. The inky says, “Roytman was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and reckless endangering another person. He was arraigned and sent to Bucks County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail.”

West Boylston man accused of investor fraud

State securities regulators accuse a West Boylston man of exploiting ethnic connections to defraud three investors out of nearly $800,000 and using some of the money for gambling vacations to Connecticut, the French Riviera and Monte Carlo.  The administrative complaint issued Monday by Secretary of State William Galvin also alleges that Edward Kooyomjian sold unregistered securities and acted as an unregistered agent. It seeks a full accounting of securities sold, compensation and a cease and desist order.  Galvin says between 2006 and 2008 Kooyomjian gained the trust of Armenian-American investors and told them he would invest their money in various real estate ventures. The complaint alleges that while he did secure land, some of the money was used for gambling.

 Federal judge: Miccosukees must turn over financial records to IRS

The Miccosukees must turn over voluminous financial records to the Internal Revenue Service for an investigation into the tribe’s alleged failure to report and withhold income taxes on tens of millions of dollars in gambling profits distributed yearly to tribe members, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Alan S. Gold stopped the Miccosukees’ bid to block the IRS summonses for financial records relating to about 600 tribal members. The documents are held by Morgan Stanley, Citibank, Wachovia and American Express and cover the years 2006-09.  In court paper, Furnas said the IRS learned of “allegations that the tribe regularly hired armored cars to carry cash, somewhere between $6 and $10 million per quarter, from its gambling operation for direct distribution to tribal members without reporting these distributions to the IRS.”

Daughter sentenced for stealing mother’s savings

Attorney General Luther Strange announced Tues day that Debra Davis has been sentenced to serve two years in prison for stealing $130,000 of retirement savings from her hospitalized mother. Davis pleaded guilty Oct. 18 to first-degree theft, and on July 28, she received a sentence of 10 years imprisonment, of which she was ordered to serve two years with the remainder suspended and followed by three years of supervised probation.  “A jail sentence is fitting for the crime committed by this woman, who raided her mother’s retirement accounts and then gambled away the money her mother had saved and depended upon for the later years of life,” said Strange. “This is a tragic betrayal that continues to cause tremendous suffering and loss for the victim.”

Miami Edison High treasurer nabbed for stealing $14,000 from troubled school

Police said Bradley forged her supervisor’s signature and depositing the school checks into her personal bank account. Then when the bank statements arrived at the school, she erased her name from the statement and replaced it with that of a verified school vender. Bradley’s bond was set at $15,000 on Wednesday. In court, her mother told the judge her daughter has a “gambling problem.’’ In her confession, police said Bradley blamed personal financial problems for her actions.

$150k stolen to feed pokies

A TERRITORY manager pleaded guilty yesterday to stealing more than $150,000 from his employer to sustain his gambling addiction. Christopher Carr Fletcher, 46, was sentenced to three years in jail with a non-parole period of 18 months. Ms Henderson said Fletcher was responsible for banking the daily takings. But she said he had been pocketing the cash – $167,375 – between August and November last year. His lawyer Chrissy McConnel told the court Fletcher had been stealing to “pay for his gambling habit”. She said most of the stolen money and his own salary – $115,000 a year – went straight into poker machines. “This shows some context into how much he was spending on gambling,” Ms McConnel said.

Gates first to plead guilty in USD bribery case

Former Morse High football standout David Gates became the first defendant in the University of San Diego bribery case to plead guilty, admitting Thursday he collected debts for what he described as an illegal sports gambling ring. The length of any proposed sentence was not divulged at the hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Louisa Porter. Gates is scheduled for sentencing Oct. 28. The April indictment against the 10 defendants in the case also includes allegations of marijuana distribution and fixing college basketball games, but Gates’ plea dealt only with the sports bookmaking side of the operation. Gates, 35, admitted to being a member of an “illegal gambling business” that included fellow defendants Steve Goria, Richard Garmo, Paul Thweni, Richard Thweni and Lilian Goria.

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