A Brief Look at Crime 06/04 – 6/10

3 Men Plead Guilty In Gambling Raid In Which Billups Was Shot

Three men involved in a high-stake poker game April 12 in which a man was shot after police raided the game pleaded guilty on Monday afternoon. A number of others caught in the sting passed their cases until later. In court Monday but passing their cases to July 9 were Kenneth Burton, Ramon Grant, Ralph Kennedy, Terry Hartman, Dale Roesel, Jr., Kevin England and William Ray Johnson. Police seized $26,393 in cash, 34 pills (unknown), 3.3 grams of marijuana, miscellaneous gambling paraphernalia, an HP laptop computer and three vehicles.

Teaneck man gets prison sentence in fraud schemes that netted $2.5M

A Teaneck man who struggles with a gambling addiction was sentenced Wednesday to more than five years in prison for orchestrating fraud schemes that bilked victims out of nearly $2.5 million. “You are nothing but a crook,” U.S. District Judge William H. Walls declared as he sentenced Moshe Butler, 33, during a hearing in federal court in Newark. “And as a crook, you should be punished so you feel the sting.” Walls told Butler that he deserved his punishment because he continued to commit crimes after he was first caught “selling phantom television sets” to eight hotel and motel development companies from Englewood Cliffs to New Mexico.

 School Can’t Recover Embezzled Funds

A New Orleans charter school cannot recover funds from a casino after an employee embezzled funds and gambled them away, a Louisiana appeals court ruled. NOLA 180 is a non-profit organization that runs Langston Hughes Academy Charter School. Its financial officer, Kelly Thompson, is in federal prison after being convicted of embezzling $667,000 from her employer.  The non-profit sued Jazz Casino Co. LLC, stating that it “substantially participated in and facilitated the gambling obsession of Thompson.”

Ex-finance chief of Short Hills hedge fund sentenced to prison for $10.4 million theft

The former chief financial officer of Columbus Hill Capital Management, a Short Hills-based investment management firm, was sentenced today to four-and-a-half years in federal prison for embezzling more than $10.4 million from his employer. David Newmark, 39, of Towaco, previously pleaded guilty to counts of wire fraud and tax evasion and faced a concurrent prison term of between 51 months and 60 months. The theft, which took place over several years, was to fuel Newmark’s long-time sports gambling addiction, said Newark’s attorney, Michael Himmel of Lowenstein Sandler.

Euro 2012 Betting Heats Up for Punters Worldwide

Bookies have been entertaining odds since before the first friendlies were held in late May on everything from outrights, golden boot hopefuls, final qualifiers, and more. While sports book betting is legal in several European and Scandinavian countries, along with isolated instances in the Americas and Asia, the practice remains illegal in much of the world. Authorities worldwide, especially in Asia have mobilized authorities to break up illegal gambling rings and thwart the expected rise in loan-shark activities. Scandal recently rocked the Italian team as 19 players and individuals were implicated in illegal betting and match-fixing activities. The list of those whose property and rooms were searched by police included Gianluigi Buffon, Stephano Mauri, Domenico Criscito, Juventus coach Antonio Conte, and several other top players. If it comes down to placing wagers on the Euro 2012 event, it should go without saying that betting should be confined to a legal setting. But for many who seek the thrill off putting money down on the matches, this is simply not an option.

 Woman kills self over bingo loss

A woman killed herself the other day following an argument with her live-in partner over the P20,000 she lost in a bingo game. She had shot herself in the head with a .38-cal. revolver. Beside her was a letter in which she asked her partner and their two children for forgiveness. This prompted Daria to go and get the victim himself. However, when she told him that she had lost the P20,000 they had set aside as payment for the rent and fish supplier, they had an argument. Daria said he returned home by himself. The victim, on the other hand, came home only on Tuesday morning and locked herself inside their room.

2 Arrested in Bulgarian Gambling Boss Murder

Two men have been arrested in the murder of gambling boss Yordan Dinov, the Bulgarian Interior Ministry reported Thursday. The police operation was conducted in the Dianabad district of the capital Sofia. Yordan Dinov, a 39-year-old alleged illegal bookmaker was shot dead in the very downtown of Sofia on April 4, 2012. After the murder, inspectors from the Gambling Commission have executed scores of probes of bookmaking facilities managed by Dinov’s company and have issued a large number of citations for violations. The Director of the Main Directorate for Combatting Organized Crime, GDBOP, Stanimir Florov, said at the time one of the motives was “serious money that was owed to Dinov.”

 Ava Marie Hamilton pleads guilty to embezzling $540,000 from Theros Restaurant Group

A woman who said she had a gambling addiction has pleaded guilty to embezzling $548,000 from Theros Restaurant Group, according to a report. Ava Marie Hamilton said in Hennepin County District Court Monday that she was stealing for more than three years from Theros, where she was employed as a bookkeeper, City Pages reported. She is scheduled to be sentenced June 6 and faces up to 68 months in prison.

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