A Brief Look at Crime 02/20 – 02/26

Seattle Gang Leader gets 25 Years for Illegal Gambling Murder

Fresh in the casino gambling news this week, is the story that a Seattle based gang leader has been sent to prison for twenty five years, following the killing of an alleged rival to an illegal drug and gambling operation. Mr. Quy Nguyen has been convicted of second degree murder with a firearm, the manufacture of marijuana, and conspiracy to commit organized crime, the Seattle Times reported. U.S. District Court Judge Ricardo Martinez, carried out the sentence on Nguyen at the start of the weekend, by declaring the suspect guilty of the crimes mentioned, and stating he will serve twenty five years. Nguyen had already pleaded guilty to the charge of second degree murder with a firearm and and conspiracy to commit organized crime, back in October last year.

 Ala. casino boss describes cash payment to rep.

A casino developer said Friday that he put $20,000 in cash in a small box and gave it to a legislator who sought money for supporting the businessman’s projects in southeastern Alabama. Ronnie Gilley, who has pleaded guilty to paying bribes, described his relationship with former Democratic Rep. Terry Spicer of Elba, who pleaded guilty in November to taking more than $100,000 in bribes from Gilley and his lobbyist, Jarrod Massey. The description came in the third day of Gilley’s testimony in the trial of casino owner Milton McGregor, Sen. Harri Anne Smith, former Sens. Larry Means and Jim Preuitt, casino lobbyist Tom Coker, and casino spokesman Jay Walker. They are accused of working with Gilley to buy and sell votes for pro-gambling legislation designed to reopen Gilley’s and McGregor’s casinos during a state crackdown on electronic bingo machines.

 MotorWorld employee charged with stealing nearly $131,000

An employee of MotorWorld in Plains Township was charged with  embezzling $130,866 from the company, which she said she took as a  result of a gambling addiction and credit card debt. Denise Zbierski, 35, of Cleveland Street in the Hudson section of  Plains Township, was arraigned this morning before Magisterial District  Judge Martin Kane in Wilkes-Barre on charges of theft by deception and  tampering with records or identification. According to the police criminal complaint, officers were dispatched  to Motorworld for a reported theft. They spoke to company controller  William Durkin, who said he discovered an employee embezzling from the  company during the 2011 audit. He discovered Zbierski, the payroll  administrator, was the fifth highest paid employee for 2011. Believing it was a clerical error, he brought it to her attention on  Jan. 18. She broke down in the office when confronted and admitted to  the theft, saying she took the money because of a gambling addiction and credit card debt.

 Police  Detain 171 People, Seize 370 Computerised Gambling Machines

A total of 171 people were detained by the police in several operations conducted in the Timur Laut district since early this year.  Timur Laut District Police chief ACP Gan Kong Meng said the suspects were arrested following raids in the George Town area during operations to eliminate illegal gambling, especially using computers. So far, police had carried 271 raids and seized more than 370 computers, worth more than RM740,000, in the district this year, he added.  “Those detained are mostly the caretakers and we are now working to identify the individuals responsible for operating these illegal gambling dens,” he told reporters here today.

Finance director stole £1.8m from chartered surveyor firm to feed gambling addiction

A financial director who plundered £1.8m from a top firm of chartered surveyors to feed his gambling addiction has been jailed for four years. Andrew Stubbs, 41, blew the fortune on football and horse racing after forging more than 2,200 cheques over an eight year period while working for Leslie Clark Construction Consultants. He faked the signature of the firm’s senior partner to cash up to three £1,000 cheques a day, Southwark Crown Court heard. The £45,000-a-year financial director almost singlehandedly bankrupted the company. The partners were forced to re-mortgage their homes, raid their savings and lay off staff to bail out the company after Stubbs was arrested in May 2011, the court was told.

 Four charged in Miami foreclosure scam

Four Miami residents have been arrested and charged with racketeering in an alleged fake foreclosure/short sale real estate scam that totaled $2.4 million dollars, according to Miami-Dade police and state attorney’s office. According to the arrest warrant, the defendants claimed to have connections within Miami-Dade County government that allowed them offer advance deals on foreclosed homes coming up for auction through the government’s website. The alleged scammers met their victims through cold-calling on the phone or in public places, such as a casino. Checks for deposits ranging from $1,000 to $195,000 were written to Miami Dade County, but the alleged scammers took the checks to check-cashing stores and claimed the buyers had simply put the wrong name on the checks.

 Top Chicago lawmaker indicted on federal tax charges

A prominent public official in Chicago was indicted on Thursday on federal tax charges for allegedly diverting campaign funds and other monies to pay for personal expenses while failing to report it as income. The four-count indictment alleges that Cook County Commissioner William Beavers paid himself more than $225,000 between 2006 and 2008 from campaign funds and a county expense account and used at least some of the money for personal purposes, including gambling. “If politicians choose to use their campaign funds for personal use then they, like all the citizens they serve, share the obligation to honestly report their income and pay the correct amount of taxes,” Patrick Fitzgerald, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois said in a statement.

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