A Brief Look at Crime 03/12 – 03/18

5 hurt in shootings outside Vegas casino, hospital

LAS VEGAS —    Police fired shots in the parking structure of a Las Vegas resort casino as they interrupted a gang-related gunbattle just hours before the marquee event of a NASCAR race weekend that brought hundreds of thousands of tourists to town, authorities said Monday. Three people were wounded in the gunfire as others dove for cover shortly before 4 a.m. Sunday on the fourth floor of the Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino parking structure, police said. One wounded man disappeared while two were taken to University Medical Center, where gunfire in the parking lot about 90 minutes later wounded two more men. Police believe the two shootings are related.

Scranton man sentenced to 6 to 23 months in jail for stealing $100G

A city man was sentenced Wednesday to serve between six and 23 months in Lackawanna County Prison for stealing $100,000 from his former employer to support a gambling addiction. Carl Graziano Jr., 25, was arrested in July on charges of stealing and cashing a $100,000 check from Weitsman’s Recycling Center, a scrap-metal business on North Keyser Avenue, on July 22, authorities had said. At that time, Mr. Graziano had lost more than $50,000 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs casino in Plains Twp. over several weeks, including $46,700 on July 22, a complaint stated. Mr. Walker said that Mr. Graziano in October 2010 sought help at a treatment center for his gambling  addiction. “When he suffered a relapse, he did what gamblers do. It mushroomed so badly,” Mr. Walker said. “He screwed up, and he screwed up in a major fashion.”

 

FBI Probes Auburn Point Shaving:  Guard Varez Ward Implicated

The FBI has begun a probe into possible point shaving at Auburn, specifically suspended point guard Varez Ward.  He is accused of attempted point shaving in at least two games, according to a Yahoo Sports report filed Thursday. The FBI began its investigation in late February centering on losses to Alabama on Feb. 7 and Arkansas on Jan. 25. “The NCAA takes any allegation of point shaving very seriously because sports wagering threatens two of our core principles — the well-being of student-athletes and the very integrity of intercollegiate sport,” the NCAA said in a written statement Thursday. “As allegations of point shaving, if proven, are also potential federal crimes, the NCAA will defer action until any process with the FBI has concluded.”

 Miami police seize gun, make 49 arrests at Liberty Square public housing

An AK-47 assault rifle sat on a Liberty Square porch unattended. While “lost and alone,” it managed to be retrieved by Miami police, and make it “home” safely.  Although the owner of the weapon couldn’t be located and an arrest couldn’t be made, Maj. David Magnusson said he is grateful to have it confiscated from the troubled public housing complex. During the first four days of Operation Perseverance, a sting addressing the gun-related violence in Liberty Square, a 750-unit development of pastel buildings from Northwest 12th to 15th avenues and 62nd to 67th streets, police cleaned house. Undercover cops made 31 narcotics arrests, 14 gambling arrests and 4 prostitution arrests Tuesday through Saturday, according to reports.

 Wimblington woman and former town councillor husband jailed after Luton airport cash theft

A WIMBLINGTON woman who stole £90,000 and used part of it to feed her former town councillor husband’s gambling addiction has been jailed.  Janine Tempest-Reynalds, 31, of Pond Close, stole the cash whilst working at Luton Airport as a supervisor for the handling agents Servisair.  Her theft had gone on for some time, Luton Crown Court was told, but only came to light after she went sick in August 2009.  Judge David Farrell said there was no evidence of a luxurious lifestyle and part of the cash was used to supplement a gambling addiction by her husband. He is thought to have received £30,000 over a three and a half year period. Tempest-Reynalds was jailed for two years after admitting theft and false accounting.

 Armored car vault worker says he gambled away vault money

A vault worker for an Aurora armored car company who is facing theft charges says he gambled away as much as $44,000 after taking money from the vault. Authorities say 23-year-old Shane Marquardt of Lakewood took the money from Loomis Armored in Aurora, where he worked as a vault manager. Marquardt tells KMGH-TV he has a gambling habit and he thought he could win the money back before the company found out the money was missing.

 K&L Gates Strives to Regain Funds Embezzled to Pay Gambling Debt

The Law firm K&L Gates is suing the Hong-Kohn based Melco Crown Entertainment, which owns two casinos in Macau, to reclaim stolen money that was gambled away. Their own corporate partner, Mavin Kumar Aggarwal, 44, who resigned nine months previous to this, is now charged with 6 counts of theft and forgery. K&L is seeking to gain some of the millions that Aggarwal embezzled and gambled away trying to pay off his gambling debts. As Aggarwal wrote in a letter to partner David Tang, after his resignation: Now K&L is requesting a court order to ascertain exactly how much Melco gained from Aggarwal’s embezzlement. They’ve already paid $15 million to four clients, including Hui Kau-mo, Mark Lightbrown, Golden Bridge United Holdings Group, and Laxmi Niwas Jhunjhunwala.

 Former Winthrop employee sentenced on theft charges

An Internet gambling addiction and family responsibilities were leading factors in a former Winthrop University employee’s misuse of more than $200,000 in school money, the man’s lawyer said Wednesday. George Walker, 47, pleaded guilty to two counts of breach of trust with fraudulent intent in the amount of more than $10,000. Breach of trust is a felony that can carry up to 10 years for each charge, Circuit Court Judge Lee S. Alford said. He sentenced Walker to 10 years in prison, but once he serves two years, he’ll be eligible for parole, which could run consecutively with five years probation.  Walker also must pay restitution to the university.

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