A Brief Look at Crime 11/21 – 11/27

Gambling losses drive man to suicide

Three months after a gambler jumped to death from a club at Begumpet due to heavy losses, a rice miller from Karimnagar on Monday ended his life by consuming liquor laced with poison in a city lodge, after allegedly losing money in gambling. T Divakar Rao (58) was a rice miller from Pothugal village in Karimnagar district. According to police, the rice miller checked into room no. 106 in Sun Lodge on November 4. Ever since he checked in, he used to venture out before noon and return only late in the night. “Divakar has membership in clubs like Chiraan Fort Club, Begumpet and GVR Club, Bowenpally and we found the identity cards in the hotel room,’’ police said. Apart from these two clubs, Divakar used to play cards in other clubs as well, police said. On Monday morning around 6.30 a.m, Divakar called the lodge supervisor Ramesh and asked for house-keeping staff to clean the room. A house staff Jagan who went into the room found Divakar dead.

 Former Pamrapo exec Brian Campbell sentenced to 6 months for embezzling $571,000

The former executive with the investment arm of the former Pamrapo Savings Bank got a slap on the wrist today when he was sentenced to six months in prison for embezzling $571,000, far short of what the federal guidelines suggest. Campbell, 42, the managing director of the Pamrapo Service Corporation, faced up to 20 years in prison, and federal sentencing guidelines called a prison term of 46 to 57 months.  But after listening to impassioned pleas from both Campbell and his attorney, Michael Rogers, Judge Dickinson Deveboise gave the Bayonne man and son of a former Pamrapo Savings CEO six months in prison and a $300,000 fine. He was also ordered to pay back the $571,000 he embezzled. The judge also ordered three years of supervision and Campbell must undergo gambling therapy and is barred from gambling establishments.

Parkwood president: Embezzler took at least $150K from HOA

Between $150,000 and $200,000 was embezzled from the Parkwood Homeowners Association in the past 2½ years – some of it apparently used for unauthorized trips to Las Vegas, Miami and other gambling destinations – and the group, which represents more than 1,000 homes in the southern Durham community, probably won’t get its money back.  That’s according to Michael Brooks, president of the Parkwood association, who said the group’s office administrator has been suspended without pay, but no one has yet been charged in the theft. The loss of money, which was discovered Sept. 21, has meant the association has had to suspend much of its lawn care and other maintenance. But the group has applied for a short-term, $30,000 loan to help it resume normal maintenance operations.

Nearly 1,400 criminals arrested in China

Beijing : A total of 1,395 people allegedly involved in criminal gangs have been captured in a massive nationwide campaign in China, the government said. A statement issued by the ministry of public security said the campaign was launched by police in 11 provinces, Xinhua reported. At least 20 mafia-style organisations and 121 gangs were crushed during the campaign, it said. This included gangs involved in monopolising local seafood markets with force and gangs involved in illegal operation of casinos.

Bankruptcy fraud gets Corvallis man two years in jail            

A Corvallis man has been sentenced to two years in prison for bankruptcy fraud. According to court documents, Viengkham Virasak, 44, of Corvallis, obtained more than $384,000 by opening more than 50 credit cards in the names of his father, mother, brother and sister without their knowledge to feed a gambling addiction, U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall said in a news release. He later filed for bankruptcy protection in the names of his family members and impersonated them at bankruptcy proceedings, the news release said. Once his family discovered the scheme, Virasak tried to persuade his family to help him conceal the fraud.

IRS: Brothers’ gambling biz laundered $10 million

The Antigua gambling website the feds say made U.S. Rep. John F. Tierney’s in-laws rich off others’ lousy luck laundered $9.63 million in checks alone that the Internal Revenue Service says bettors made payable to shell companies to disguise their illegal habit. IRS Special Agent Sandra Lemanski testified today in federal district court that between 2002 and 2010, fugitive Robert Eremian deposited $4,964,654 in a Bay State bank account managed by his sister Patrice Tierney while he was overseas, claiming to be a software consultant. Lemanski testified today that Lyons, between 1997 and 2005, collected nearly $20 million in gambling losses from SOS agents handling local bettors. She also verified the claim of prosecutors that Patrice Tierney gave herself $223,047 in tax-free “gifts” from Robert Eremian’s account for looking after his Lynnfield home and his children. Tierney, on the witness stand Monday, could not recall an exact dollar figure.

NCAA probing Hawaii point-shaving allegations 

The NCAA says it’s taking point-shaving allegations  involving University of Hawaii football players seriously and has been  in contact with the school since early this month. The association says in a statement Wednesday it’s “extremely  concerned” about the allegations. The NCAA says such a crime threatens  the well-being of student-athletes and the integrity of intercollegiate  sports.  The university says the admissions office received an anonymous  letter Nov. 3 accusing unnamed players of intentionally playing poorly  to affect the final score as part of a gambling scheme. Honolulu police and the NCAA were notified. However, police say they don’t have enough information to launch an investigation.

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