A Brief Look at Crime 10/24 – 10/30

Multiple murders Youth shoots to death own family members

A teenager shot dead his parents and six siblings Sunday because his father could not feed the family, police said. Mohammad Afzal, 19, is believed to have drugged his parents, two sisters, and four brothers, before tying them up and killing them, senior police officer Syed Mehmood Gilani told newsmen. The dead siblings were aged between three and 16 years, Gilani added, saying that the victims “all died on the spot”.  Afzal then confessed to the murders, saying he decided to kill all of them because he could not break the cycle of poverty that had engulfed the family, police said. Afzal said that he was frustrated by his father’s gambling habit which always led to domestic quarrels.

 Car towed with boy inside while mom’s in strip-mall casino

Sanford mom Elizabeth Tato was arrested  after she allegedly visited a strip-mall casino called The Winner’s  Circle, leaving her 11-year-old son in the car — which was later towed  with the boy inside, reports the Orlando Sentinel. The 46-year-old mom reported the car stolen, but it had actually been repossessed, an arrest report states. Her son said he wasn’t hurt, police said. Now mom is in The Loser’s Circle — jail.

Appleton woman, Debra J. Gear, accused of stealing more than $300,000 from her employer

Police say an Appleton woman who described herself as a gambling addict stole more than $300,000 from her employer during a near two-year period. Debra J. Gear, 47, was charged last week in Outagamie County Court with three felony counts of theft. She will make her first court appearance Nov. 1.  An Appleton credit union representative went to police in May after noticing suspicious account activity. Gear told police she had a gambling addiction and began to steal when she could no longer keep up with bills. The thefts took place from July 2009 through May 21, 2011.

Ex-UPS worker stole 70 PCs, resold on eBay, prosecutors say

39-year-old Houston man has been charged with felony theft, accused of stealing up to $100,000 in personal computers t to pay off a gambling debt. Harris County prosecutors allege that Jason Shane Blevins, who worked at United Parcel Service at 8330 Sweetwater Lane, used UPS funds to purchase 70 PCs that he then sold on eBay, the online marketplace. The alleged thefts occurred between Nov. 12, 2008, and April 27, 2011, the criminal complaint states.

WSJ: Sands lawyers are asking employees to retain docs in bribery probe

An internal memo from the general counsel for Las Vegas Sands Corp. shows that it is seeking to secure a list of government officials who have gambled at the company’s Macau casinos—indicating a possible focus of the U.S. government’s bribery investigation into the company.  Las Vegas Sands disclosed in March that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Justice Department were investigating whether the company violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. No details of the probe have been released. The memo, from Las Vegas Sands General Counsel Gayle Hyman to company employees, closely matches a subpoena sent by the SEC, a person familiar with the matter said.

Neptune Beach Detective Arrested in Illegal Gambling Operation

Neptune Beach detective with eight years on the force found herself on the other side of the law Monday. Mary Justino, spokesperson for the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, said Camille Lynn Burban turned herself in to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. Burban had a warrant out for her arrest in Clay County, and now faces a charge of being an agent or employee of a person keeping a gambling house. Her significant other, George Chipley McCombs, turned himself in to deputies in Nassau County on a similar charge out of Clay County. Business records show McCombs owns Number One Vending, which does business as Home Arcade.  According to a report from the CCSO, two businesses in Keystone Heights, the White Elephant bar and the Keystone Saloon, had illegal gambling machines that deputies allege came from Number One Vending. Deputies followed vehicles labeled with the Number One Vending logo to each of the establishments and said they saw employees of the gaming business insert a master key into slot machines at both businesses to see how much profit they’ve made.

Ponzi scheme fed Portland man’s gambling addiction

Jonathan D. Kendig had a gambling problem. From the video games of the Oregon Lottery to the card tables of Spirit Mountain Casino, he lost big bucks. So much, the government would later allege, he launched a one-man Ponzi scheme to cover his losses and keep the money flowing. “It’s like any addiction,” said Kendig’s lawyer, Robert C. “Bob” Weaver Jr. “It’s like crack. … It takes over your life.” Kendig lost his job, surrendered his licenses to the Securities and Exchange Commission, and landed today in Portland’s federal courthouse to face the music.  U.S. District Judge Garr M. King sentenced Kendig to two years in prison and three years of post-prison supervision. King also ordered him to back back the money he stole: $1,611,598.

 Memphis bookkeeper indicted on charges of embezzling more than $270,000

A Memphis bookkeeper has been indicted on federal bank fraud charges for allegedly embezzling more than $270,000 from her company by writing bogus checks to herself for the past two years. Lisa Baker, 53, a bookkeeper for Southern Guard Rail on McNeil in North Memphis, was authorized to process payments for the company, but did not have signature authority on the company’s checking account. Instead, the six-count federal indictment said, Baker prepared fraudulent checks to herself and to her credit card company and then forged the signature of a company official. In addition to paying off her credit card bills, records show, Baker also used some of the money for gambling. “We are just deeply saddened by the choices she made,” said company vice president Phil Griggs.

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