A Brief Look at Crime 09/12 – 09/18

Gambler beats wife to death

A housewife was beaten to death allegedly by her gambler husband at Degreepara village in Ishwardi upazila on Sunday night. Family sources said, Hatem Ali often tortured his wife Bobita Khatun, 25, after returning from gambling, reports our correspondent.  On Saturday night, Hatem came home at midnight after loosing all money in gambling and started beating Bobita over trifling issue. When Bobita died early in the morning, Hatem poured poison into her mouth to prove the incident a case of suicide. However, police rushed to the spot and recovered the body after the neighbours informed them.

Body found in Ameristar Casino parking garage

Police are investigating the discovery of a deceased woman who was found inside a parked vehicle in the garage of the Ameristar Casino early Friday. Investigators responded to the popular gaming facility just before 4:00 a.m. and located the vehicle and the victim. Authorities believe they may have a tentative identity on the victim and are working now to confirm that information.  They said she is in her 60’s and is from St. Louis.

 Wheels of justice turn slowly in case of North Bergen man murdered in May 2010

The murder trial of the two Atlantic County people accused of abducting a North Bergen man from a casino parking lot and killing him may finally get under way in May 2012. Caballero had just dropped off his family at the Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City and was parking his car when police Arno and Kisby stole his car and forced him to go with them. The apparent delay in going to trial stems from the sheer volume of evidence in the case — nearly 50 computer disks and more than 1,000 pages of documents — the Press reported.

 Minn. Man Gets 3-Plus Years for Embezzlement

A former Le Sueur man who pleaded guilty to a federal embezzling charge has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison. Sixty-three-year-old Delroy Joseph Sand Jr. was also ordered to pay nearly $650,000 in restitution to the retirement funds of his former employees.  Sand was the trustee for the savings plan at Hecla, which provided adult foster care and offered mental-health services. Prosecutors accused Sand of stealing money from the company’s retirement funds to support a gambling habit.

Former tribal administrator sentenced to 1 year for embezzlement

An Emmonak woman will spend a year in prison for stealing about $100,000 from a tribal organization in her Western Alaska village, federal prosecutors say. A U.S. District judge on Friday sentenced former tribal administrator Kathleen Lamont, 45, to serve 12 months for embezzling from Chuloonawick Native Village in Emmonak. She must also pay restitution for the total amount stolen. From 2004 to 2007, Lamont received payroll advances that she never repaid and used the tribal organization credit card to make cash withdrawals and pay personal expenses, federal prosecutors say. Lamont, formerly known as Kathleen Blanket, used much of the money for gambling, prosecutors say.

25 indictments handed down in gambling case

A grand jury in the 70th District Court issued 25 indictments Monday meant to show it doesn’t pay to gamble.  After several July 2 raids on suspected gambling operations, culminating months of undercover investigation into the organizations, 15 arrests were reported by the Odessa American through the beginning of August. “This is the beginning of the legal process and hopefully as a result of these indictments and prosecutions, we’ll be able to put a stop to illegal gambling here in Ector County,” he said.  All 25 of those indicted were charged with engaging in organized criminal activity – gambling promotion, a third-degree felony carrying a punishment of between two years and 10 years in prison.

Lottery gambling addict jailed for embezzlement

A lottery ticket gambling addiction has landed the former finance director of the Valley Forge Convention & Visitors Bureau behind bars after he embezzled more than $700,000 from the organization. “There was so much greed involved in this that the $775,000 wasn’t even enough for him. He was buying lottery tickets to get his hands on even more money,” Bunn alleged. “He is very remorseful for his actions. He had a very severe gambling addiction, in the nature of buying lottery tickets. He bought large numbers on a daily basis,” McMahon said on Barnes’ behalf.

Mom Admits Gambling Away Son’s Cancer Benefit Funds

BUFFALO, NY – A Central New York mother admitted Wednesday she gambled away thousands of dollars meant to go towards the care and treatment of her cancer-stricken son. The boy is a patient here in Buffalo at Roswell Park. Sherry Holcomb, 46, stole $15,000 in benefit proceeds as well as money her son received in get well cards sent to their home in Cortland. She faces a maximum term of up to four years behind bars when sentenced in November.

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