A Brief Look at Crime 06/11 – 6/17

Boca man ordered to forfeit millions from illegal gambling operation

A federal judge has ordered the Boca Raton brother-in-law of U.S. Rep. John Tierney to fork over $7.7 million for his role in an illegal offshore sports betting ring based in the Caribbean. Daniel Eremian, 62, must forfeit the money because of his illicit work with Sports Offshore, the Antigua-based gambling website that operated in Florida, Massachussetts and South Carolina, wrote U.S. District Court Judge Patti Saris in a ruling filed Monday. Eremian worked as an agent in Florida, collecting money from losing bettors and recruiting new bettors, according to court records. In December, he and another man were convicted in Massachussetts of racketeering and operating an illegal gambling business.

 Illegal Horse Racing in Arizona

One would think that running an illegal underground betting, or a dog or cockfighting ring, isn’t that hard to do as these activities take a small amount of space and are hard to detect. But, who would think of an illegal horse racing track? As the sports betting news report, an Arizona entrepreneur has ran an illegal horse racing track at his ranch, halfway between Phoenix and Tucson. While races took place, bets on horses were taken just as it happens at legal tracks. While horse racing is America, unlike other sports betting is legal, only the best stables and jockeys make it into racing-for-money competitions. Sports betting involving animals is quite popular worldwide, take horse racing or dog fights. There is even pigeon racing where bets be placed.

 Anti-Mafia Prosecutor Sounds Alarm Over Soccer Betting

European soccer is at high risk from match-fixing mobsters seeking to “load the dice” in an illegal gambling business valued at $90 billion a year, Sicily’s chief anti-Mafia prosecutor said.  “The entire football business is at a high risk of infiltration by the Mafia,” Antonio Ingroia told Bloomberg Television in an interview in the Sicilian capital, Palermo. Italy’s mob has pressured Italian “clubs in ticket selling and gangs have been operating in the ticket-selling black market,” which is often “tolerated by football clubs.”  Ingroia’s comments come as the European Championship gets under way in Poland and Ukraine and after Italian prosecutors in the northern city of Cremona announced a match-rigging probe last month. The case, the latest in a series of illegal-betting scandals in Italy, led to the arrest of Stefano Mauri, captain of Serie A team Lazio, and a police visit to the national team’s practice site to question defender Domenico Criscito, who was later dropped from Italy’s Euro 2012 roster.

 41 Arrested In Lee Highway Gambling Raid

The Chattanooga Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit served a search warrant for illegal gambling on Lee Highway on Thursday night and made 41 arrests. The warrant was executed at 8:11 a.m. at 7510 Lee Highway, suites 7 & 8 (Poker Depot).  When officers entered the business, they found 41 people “engaged in illegal poker games” and all were arrested. Of those charged, 39 were issued misdemeanor citations and released, while two were transported to the Hamilton County Jail.  Items seized included cash, eight pills, 7.8 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, gambling paraphernalia, four poker tables, and a .22 caliber pistol with four bullets.

Police: Elderly neighbor bilked out of $300K

Police say a suburban Philadelphia woman stole more than $300,000 from a neighbor who asked her to handle her finances when she entered a nursing home because of brain damage and terminal cancer. Bensalem police say 65-year-old Virginia Marquardt used the money she took from a 67-year-old neighbor to pay for vacations, casino trips, country club memberships and other expenses. Authorities say the fraud was discovered after Marquardt failed to pay for the victim’s care, claiming her assets had run out. But officials became suspicious when her medical assistance applications were denied.

Gambling addict from Ellesmere Port stole £3.7m from employer

A GAMBLER defrauded £3.7m from his employer as his addiction spiralled out of control. Andrew Rafferty, 44, of Armthorpe Drive, Little Sutton, lived in a modest semi-detached house despite redirecting hundreds of thousands of pounds annually for eight years. On Friday his mother wept as he was jailed for seven years in Chester Crown Court by judge Elgan Edwards, the Recorder of Chester, who told him ‘gambling is the reason, it cannot be an excuse’. Rafferty turned to gambling after a 15-year relationship fell apart before embarking on an eight-year spree undetected by employer Faurecia, a global car parts supplier with a base in Ellesmere Port.

 China jails eight in football corruption crackdown

Former Chinese Football Association (CFA) head Nan Yong and his predecessor Xie Yalong were each given sentences of 10 years and six months for taking bribes, the official Xinhua news agency said. Nan took bribes worth 1.48 million yuan ($235,000) while Xie accepted 1.7 million yuan, it said. The sentences mark the culmination of a campaign to root out entrenched graft in the Chinese game that has ensnared dozens of CFA and club officials, referees and players accused of match-fixing, gambling and other crimes. The scandal — coupled with poor performances by the national team — have made football the laughing stock of Chinese fans and have undermined the popularity of the domestic game in the world’s most populous country.

 Former H.O.W. Foundation Director Charged with $1.3 Million Fraud

An addiction to gambling has led to the prosecution of a former substance-abuse recovery program director on a charge of defrauding the nonprofit corporation of more than $1.3 million, his attorney said Tuesday. Wesley Scott McGinness, 65, a former executive director of the H.O.W. Foundation, was charged with the fraud in Tulsa federal court Tuesday. He is accused of using checks drawn on the foundation’s bank accounts to pay personal credit card debts from Jan. 13, 2003, until Dec. 14, 2010. The foundation operates the H.O.W. Foundation Recovery Center for substance abuse at 5649 S. Garnett Road. The new executive director discovered the fraud, according to a civil suit filed in Jan. 28, 2011, in Tulsa County District Court.

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