A Brief Look at Crime 11/19 – 11/25

Gambling addict stabbed his wife to death in front of their two-year-old son

A gambler who stabbed his wife to death after she challenged him about his habit has been jailed for life. Sheikh Islam stabbed his wife Rushna Begum, 28, in their council flat in Bromley-by-Bow, east London, while their two-year-old son watched on. The 36-year-old gambling addict left the child alone in the house with his wife’s dead body before arriving at a relative’s home in tears and asking them to call the police. He was ordered to serve a minimum term of 14-and-a-half years in prison after pleading guilty to murder at the Old Bailey. Islam had been married to Mrs Begum, for 10 years and they had two sons together, but the court heard how thew couple’s relationship turned violent as his gambling habit spun out of control. Mrs Begum was subjected to death threats and domestic abuse as the couple’s relationship became increasingly frayed. Before the fatal incident, Mrs Begum had contacted police about her husband’s abuse and also visited a domestic violence centre after being threatened with a knife.

 Prison for man who stole $1.5M

The former controller of a church-run retirement community was sentenced Monday to three years and five months in federal prison for stealing more than $1.5 million from his ex-employer to fuel his gambling habit.  William Sorriento, 53, of Mechanicville, who victimized the Avila Retirement Community  on Washington Avenue Extension, had hoped to receive only time already served when he appeared before U.S. District Court Judge Mae D’Agostino.  Instead, the judge sentenced him to the 41-month term requested by prosecutors. “There is a price to pay for his type of criminal conduct,” the judge said. D’Agostino ordered Sorriento to pay $1,582,281 in restitution to the retirement community, which is run by the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese.

Excelsior coin dealer accused in $2.7M fraud released to halfway house

A federal magistrate ruled Monday, Nov. 19, that an Excelsior coin dealer accused of cheating customers and investors out of $2.7 million could await his January trial in a halfway house instead of jail.  David Laurence Marion will have to surrender his passport and must wear a device that will track his whereabouts via GPS.  Marion was jailed Thursday after a federal grand jury indicted him on counts of conspiracy, securities fraud and money laundering. She listed a litany of problems. Chief among them: He had tested positive for amphetamines after his arrest and had been through rehab this year, and he had a serious gambling addiction. Schommer said that describing Marion’s gambling as a problem is “to state it mildly.” She said he often spent company assets on his casino sprees and that they continued unabated even after he learned he was under investigation for fraud.

 1 killed, 3 hurt while gambling

A 37-year-old Indonesian plantation worker was stabbed to death while three others suffered serious injuries at the hands of a colleague who they had accused of cheating during a “domino” gambling session in front of their quarters in Ladang Matamba, here, Sunday.  District Police chief Supt Shamsudin Mat told a press conference that police managed to detain the suspect who was remanded.  The deceased was identified as Amirudin Raside, while the suspect is also an Indonesian, aged 35.   Preliminary investigations found that the four went to the suspect’s house for gambling at 10am on Sunday,. During the session, the four victims accused the suspect of cheating and this sparked an argument among them,” Supt Shamsudin said.  For fear of being beaten by the victim and three colleagues, the suspect went to his bedroom, took out a knife and began to attack them.  Amirudin fell and died on the spot, while the three others were also stabbed by the suspect who managed to escape.

 J.R.R. Tolkien Estate Files $80 Million Lawsuit Over ‘Rings’ Slots Game

The estate of author J.R.R. Tolkien have filed an $80 million lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles claiming Warner Bros. and its New Line subsidiary and “Rings” rightsholder Saul Zaentz Co. have infringed the copyright in the books and breached  a contract by overstepping their rights to merchandising the property of “The Lord of the Rings”.  “The original contracting parties thus contemplated a limited grant of the right to sell consumer products of the type regularly merchandised at the time (such as figurines, tableware, stationery items, clothing and the like,” the complaint obtained exclusively by the Hollywood Reporter claims. “They did not include any grant of exploitations such as electronic or digital rights, rights in media yet to be devised or other intangibles such as rights in services.” Of greatest concern is the merchandising of “The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring: Online Slot Game”, which attorneys for the estate only learned about via a spam email.

 Man fatally shot at site of illegal gambling operation in Laurel

A man was fatally shot in Laurel in an incident that appears to be related to illegal gambling, police said. About 11:45 p.m., police were called to the 11600 block of South Laurel Drive. A man was found in an apartment complex suffering from a gunshot wound, and he was pronounced dead at the scene, Prince George’s County police said. According to preliminary investigation, those involved in the shooting targeted the location, which was set up as an illegal gambling operation. Angela Bonsu, manager of the Villages at Montpelier, where the shooting took place, said that she did not know anything about the illegal gambling operation and said that the victim was not a resident. “We’re praying for the victim’s family,” she told The Washington Examiner, and noted that the complex’s management is working with police.

 Akingide Cole Arrested in $1.6 million Venetian Casino Robbery Case

Las Vegas authorities confirmed the arrest of 31-year-old Akingide Cole for his involvement in the million-dollar heist incident heist that recently occurred at the Venetian resort and Casino in Nevada. The suspect, Akingide Cole allegedly stole $1.6 million in chips from the casino. The case received widespread media attention that led to an anonymous tip. That and solid coordinated efforts from the authorities in San Bernardino and Los Angeles police finally  led to Cole’s arrest,  Oct. 24 2012. Cole was arrested near to his mother’s home. Which leads authorities, press, and well everyone to believe the thief was hiding out at his mother’s house in the Palmdale area.

According to reports, Cole’s case is still in the early developmental stages. He is being investigated for grand larceny and other burglary-related offenses. So far, the authorities have recovered nearly $400,000 in missing casino chips. Authorities are still at work trying to locate and recover the missing $1.2 million in missing chips. The truth of the matter however is that those chips could be returning to the casino in small increments as you’re reading this article.

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