A Brief Look at Crime 9/03 – 9/09

DOJ targets banks, casinos in new money laundering offensive

The Department of Justice is shifting its sights to a new offensive in combating money laundering: bringing criminal charges against banks and other financial institutions for weak compliance systems that fail to catch illicit money flows. Even while the department’s money-laundering unit is wrapping up a series of blockbuster cases involving sanctions-busting transactions routedthrough some of Europe’s biggest banks, it has set its sights on the next front.  One of the largest casino companies, Las Vegas Sands, run by magnate Sheldon Adelson, is also under investigation by the Department of Justice for potential violations of anti-money laundering laws, according to a source familiar with the matter.

 Man, 31, killed in Temple Terrace shooting after casino trip

A 31-year-old man was shot dead early Tuesday at an apartment complex where he was staying with family after a night at a casino. Shots rang out in the first-floor corridor. Platt was wounded once and collapsed. The gunman ran off, and Platt’s cousin called 911. Authorities also have not released a description of the gunman, said Temple Terrace police spokesman Michael Dunn. It is unknown whether the gunman was targeting the cousins, attempting a robbery or had followed them from the casino. A family member said Platt had spent the evening at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

 Man pleads guilty to role in shooting death of Brinks guard at Calder race track

A Miami Gardens man pleaded guilty Thursday to his role in the August 2011 robbery and shooting death of a Brinks guard at the Calder Race Track and Casino on the border of Miami-Dade and Broward counties, according to federal court records. Reginald Mitchell, 27, a former security employee at the track and casino, pleaded guilty to robbery conspiracy, interfering with commerce, and possession of a firearm resulting in death during a crime of violence, in federal court in Miami. Another man, Vladimir Louissant, 34, of Pembroke Pines, is charged with firing the fatal shot at the guard, Alvaro Lopez Ramos.

 Death in Vegas sends shockwaves Down Under

The mysterious death of a young footballer outside a Las Vegas casino has cast a shadow over the Australian Football League finals series and prompted soul-searching among clubs about their responsibilities for players. The body of John McCarthy, a 22-year-old midfielder for Port Adelaide Power, was found on the driveway of the Flamingo hotel early on Sunday morning. McCarthy had become separated from a group of team mates partying in the Nevadan gambling mecca, a popular holiday destination for Australian Rules players keen to let their hair down after a bruising season of the indigenous football code.

 Retired Va. reservist faces prison time

A retired Virginia Air National Guard officer faces prison time for forging death certificates so she could collect life insurance benefits. Vickie T. Armes will be sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Richmond. Armes collected more than $800,000 from Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance by falsely claiming both her own death and her husband’s. According to court papers, she squandered the money on Internet gambling. She pleaded guilty to stealing government funds. Armes’ attorney cites the woman’s gambling addiction in asking for a lenient sentence. However, prosecutors say they have new evidence showing Armes pulled the same scam against another insurance company before the claimed onset of a gambling addiction.

 Phila. man, 46, could be executed Oct. 3

BEFORE RULING on whether to stay the Oct. 3 execution of Terrance Williams, a Philadelphia judge on Monday asked Williams’ attorneys to give her more information about evidence allegedly kept from the jury that convicted him. Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina gave the defense team until Thursday to turn over the information. Williams, 46, of Philadelphia, is in line to become the first person executed in Pennsylvania since 1999 for murdering Amos Norwood, 56, in 1984. He lured the man to a cemetery, beat him to death with a tire iron and set his body on fire with gasoline. Williams stole his victim’s cash, credit cards, a calling card and his car and drove with friends to Atlantic City to gamble, Deputy District Attorney Ron Eisenberg told Sarmina.

 What The US Government Alleges Howard Lederer Did With The Full Tilt Poker Player Funds

Distributions to Full Tilt Owners, Including the FTP Insiders 124: Rather than protect player funds as promised, Full Tilt Poker distributed hundreds of millions of dollars to its owners. Beginning in April 2007 and continuing through April 2011, Tiltware LLC’s Board of Directors, to wit, the FTP Insider Defendants, authorized the distribution of approximately $443,860,530 to the owners of Tiltware LLC, including themselves, further promoting and facilitating the ongoing illegal operation of Full Tilt Poker during this time period. Many of the distribution payments were transferred from Full Tilt Poker directly to bank accounts the professional poker players affiliated with Full Tilt Poker and other owners had established in Switzerland and other foreign countries.

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