A Brief Look at Crime 12/10 – 12/16

FBI Investigates Miami PD Officers In Gambling Case; Arrests Expected

The FBI is investigating a ring of Miami police officers who have been providing protection services to a bookmaking operation in Liberty City, CBS4 News has learned. Six officers are expected to be arrested, with three or four others likely to face departmental discipline including termination. The officers’ arrests are expected in the next few weeks. The investigation began almost two years ago, when the Miami-Dade Police Department followed up on a tip about a possible gambling house in Liberty City.

 Man gets 2 to 6 years for scamming priest out of $500,000

A Buffalo man who fleeced $500,000 from a 91-year-old Catholic priest over a decade was sentenced today to two to six years in prison. “I did take the money and acted like a fool,” said Richard Kesick, who lost most of the money gambling at a casino. “I shouldn’t have done it.” Kesick in October pleaded guilty to third-degree grand larceny before Erie County Judge Thomas P. Franczyk. Kesick had faced seven years in prison. Franczyk said Kesick “systematically fleeced” the priest. While his gambling addiction explains Kesick’s motivation, it does not excuse it, Franczyk said as he delivered the prison sentence. Defense attorney Robert Cutting sought leniency for Kesick, in part because of his client’s “horrific gambling addiction.”

 2 women leave infant in car while gambling at truck stop

Two Louisiana women are were arrested Thursday after police received a call that an infant was left alone in a vehicle at a truck stop in Eunice, LA. St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson, Captain Megan Vizena says Blair Buller and Anna Celeste SImoneaux were both booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail facing charges of cruelty to a juvenile. A dispatcher received a complaint from a concerned citizen about the infant. When the deputy arrived, he saw the infant inside with no one around. He found the mother, Blair Buller, inside gambling.  After Buller was arrested, the deputy reviewed the surveillance video that showed the infant alone in the vehicle for about an hour and 30 minutes.

 Operation Blood Sport: Meth and coke ring bust leads to discovery of cockfighting operation

If the Jefferson County DA’s office is right, some of the sixteen people indicted in a drug ring bust weren’t satisfied with dealing meth and cocaine. They were also allegedly involved with an illegal cockfighting operation featuring seventy roosters plus accoutrements that allowed the birds to slash the hell out of each other for gamblers’ entertainment. Details below. The investigation began in May 2012, with law enforcers from various agencies zeroing in on a crew suspected of trafficking drugs in Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, Edgewater, Aurora and Denver. But the narcotics didn’t originate in those locations. The cocaine being peddled is believed to have come from California, while the meth is thought to have traveled here from Arizona.

 Doggies stripped of $600,000 by finance officer

The former finance officer with the Western Bulldogs football club has been jailed for fleecing it of more than $600,000. Jason David Hucker, 30, stole money from the club on an almost daily basis for two years until November, 2010. The County Court today heard that Hucker stole cash takings from the Whitten Oval merchandise store and off-site game-day stores. Prosecutor Michael Hannan said earlier that Hucker also dishonestly obtained a financial advantage by deception through unauthorised credit reversals. Mr Hannan told Judge Irene Lawson that Hucker was a heavy gambler and had four telephone betting accounts and accounts with other agencies.

 Former employee gets 2 years for embezzlement

Nov. 28–Feeling imprisoned by guilt over a son-in-law’s death and a succession of childhood traumas and abuses, Cynthia Carol Jacobsen felt her only escape was through a casino door.  To make a long story short, Jacobsen gambled. She fell deep in debt. She embezzled from her employer. She got caught. Jacobsen, 58, of Brooklyn Park, will now trade the psychological prison her defense lawyer claimed she had for a federal one. U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank sentenced her to 26 months behind bars Tuesday, Nov. 27, for embezzling more than $1 million from Land O’Lakes of Arden Hills, where she was a supervisor. “I know I have committed a very bad crime,” Jacobsen told Frank. “I expect to be punished.”

 Jacktrade LLC enters guilty plea in illegal sports betting case

In a deal with federal prosecutors, a gaming developer company known as Jacktrade LLC has forfeited more than $2 million in seized assets and pleaded guilty to an illegal gambling charge related to offshore sports wagering.  The defunct Las Vegas-based firm pleaded guilty last week in U.S. District Court to one count of interstate transmission wagering. The company admitted that it violated the federal Wire Act in 2007. The law prohibits Internet gambling only on sports, according to a recent U.S. Department of Justice opinion.  Prosecutors said wagers on sports were illegally routed through offshore sites on the island of Curacao in the Caribbean. Daniel Bogden, the U.S. attorney for Nevada, said that since illegal operators aren’t regulated at the same level as traditional, brick-and-mortar casinos, prohibiting illegal gaming is necessary to protect consumers, while deterring money laundering and underage gambling.  “Such illegal gaming operations take business from legal gaming operators, preventing state and local governments from receiving important tax revenues, and serve as a major source of income for organized crime groups both in the United States and abroad,” Bogden said in a statement released Wednesday.

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