A Brief Look at Crime 9/10 – 9/16

Former employee pleads guilty to stealing from fitness guru Tony Little

A bookkeeper hired to look over the finances of television fitness personality Tony Little admitted on Monday that he did more than look. Mark Schreiber, 52, pleaded guilty to grand theft for dipping into Little’s business accounts and writing himself more than 150 checks. He was sentenced to three years in prison, followed by 10 years of probation. A lien will be placed against him for the amount he admitted to stealing, $658,456.28. He also must receive treatment for gambling addiction. Schreiber, a former controller for various companies founded by Little, was arrested last year by Pinellas Park police. He reportedly told officers at the time that he was heavily involved in online horse wagering, and Groger on Monday said it was clear that much of Schreiber’s money went to gambling.

 Secretary sentenced to 10 years for embezzling $500,000

A woman with a history of theft – including using tape and a weighted string to fish cash out of a lock box– was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday for stealing more than $500,000 from a Downers Grove law firm where she worked as a secretary. Mary Marra, 44, of Woodridge pleaded guilty in June to two counts of theft in excess of $100,000 and one count of continuing a financial crimes enterprise, all Class 1 felonies, according to a news release from the DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin. Starting in December 2003, Marra embezzled money through a number of schemes that she was able to keep hidden from her employer for more than four years. She stole a total of $516,226.34, officials said. “According to the police report she admitted to the owner of the law firm that she had a gambling problem,” Sgt. Harry Andler of the Downers Grove Police Department said.

 Eighty people charged, 400 roosters seized in Melbourne cockfighting raid

Roosters “pumped full of steroids” were being readied to fight when detectives from the Melton CIU as well as representatives from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, the Sheriff’s office and RSPCA swooped the Neale Rd property in Rockbank, 29km from Melbourne, around 2.30pm. Eighty-six people who were present at the illegal fight were charged and summonsed to appear before the Sunshine Magistrates’ Court from October 26. More than $100,000 in cash planned for punting was also seized and Sheriff officers executed 134 warrants and impounded four cars. The owners of the property, which has been raided before, are still to be identified. The alleged “fight club” attracts illegal gambling, mostly from the Asian community. Cockfighting is illegal in Australia and it is also illegal to possess any fighting equipment used for cockfighting.

 Prison for woman who stole from law firm clients

An Akron woman is going to prison for stealing money from clients of the law firm where she worked and using the money to gamble. U.S. District Court Judge James S. Gwin on Friday sentenced Catherine Chenoweth, 56, to 30 months in prison and ordered her to pay $307,000 in restitution. Chenoweth, who pleaded guilty in June to wire fraud, worked as a paralegal in a Uniontown law firm. Her work for estate and probate clients gave Chenoweth access to their bank accounts and financial information. Between 2007 and 2010, Chenoweth arranged for clients to sign a number of blank checks, ostensibly for use by the law firm, and then made herself or her mother the payee, according to court papers. Chenoweth used the more than $300,000 stolen from five clients for her own expenses, including travel to West Virginia casinos, according to court papers.

 BNZ strikes deal over gambling fraud losses of $2.7 Million

A bank has reached a confidential settlement with a small family-owned business which lost more than $2.7 million to a fraudster who gambled the money at SkyCity casino. The Bank of New Zealand last week settled action taken against it in the High Court at Auckland by a small importing business. The victims have name suppression but the managing director said the case had been settled. He would not comment further, including on what payment might have been agreed between the parties. Lanuza stole more than $2.7 million from the company she worked for and gambled it away in the high rollers’ lounge. Over a six-year period, she wrote out multiple fraudulent cheques worth $784,363 drawn on the account of her employer, many of which were cashed at the bank’s casino branch.

 Woman sentenced after stealing money from bank

More than $125,000 was stolen from Parkvale Bank customers in Wintersville, and according to the woman convicted, it was all due to a gambling problem. Jan Manson, who pleaded guilty to the crime, worked at the bank as a manager. She told the court Friday that her gambling addiction led her to steal the money. “It went on for a long period of time. She knew the particular customers. Our disappointment and frustration with her is she would steal from elderly customers who she thought would be least likely to discover what she was doing,” said Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin. According to Hanlin, the law recently changed, so Manson could not legally go to prison. Instead, she will spend six months in the Eastern Ohio Correctional Center, followed by five years on probation. During that time, Manson is not permitted to gamble, or she could face jail time.

 Edinboro man charged with taking more than $500K

A borough man in charge of handling the money at a beer distributor has been charged with stealing more than $500,000 from the business over three years. Robert J. Stablein, 60, turned himself in to Edinboro police on Thursday morning and was later arraigned before Edinboro District Judge Denise Stuck-Lewis on three felony counts each of theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and theft by failure to make required disposition of funds. Beuchert said Stablein also admitted to inflating or fabricating keg returns as one method to hide the missing money. “The defendant indicated that he used the money to fund his gambling habit and had no idea as to the amount in which he had taken,” Beuchert wrote in the affidavit.

Psychiatric report: Murder suspect Moaz fit to stand trial

Daniel Maoz, the 28-year-old lawyer accused of murdering his parents last August, is mentally fit to stand trial, according to a report from the Jerusalem District Psychiatric Committee. On Tuesday, the Chief Judge Tzvi Segal will hear the recommendations from the committee at the Jerusalem District Court in one of the final days of the Maoz trial. A copy of the report obtained by Channel 10 said that Maoz was fit to stand trial and is responsible for his actions. This means that if Maoz is found guilty of the murders he cannot plead insanity. The state attorney Yuval Kaplinsky has highlighted Maoz’s gambling addiction, his massive gambling debts, his suspicious Google searches for “inheritance after murder,” and his rapidly changing versions of the events leading up to his parents’ murder.

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