A Brief Look at Crime 02/18 – 02/24

Accused SC wife-killer faces federal gambling charges

An admitted Irmo sports bookie who has been charged with killing his wife and a gambling partner was one of three people indicted Tuesday on a federal charge of running a gambling operation. The indictment said the three men had operated an illegal gambling business since 2008 and that it had been in continuous operation for more than 30 days, with a gross revenue of $2,000 in any single day. Last summer, Parker was charged with two counts of murder after his wife, Tammy Jo Parker, and Bryan Capnerhurst, who worked for Parker’s gambling business, were found dead April 13 inside the Parkers’ upscale Irmo-area home. In the weeks following the shootings, Parker’s attorney, David Fedor, admitted that his client ran a sports betting business. Prosecutors in the 5th Circuit Solicitor’s office have said Brett Parker stood to receive a $1.1 million insurance policy for his wife’s death and that he concocted a robbery story. A coroner’s report said Tammy Parker and Capnerhurst died from multiple gunshot wounds.

 Man found guilty of beating woman to death after gambling argument

An 82-year-old man with a gambling problem was found guilty last week of beating to death a woman at her central valley apartment in 2010. On Wednesday, a jury found Bobby Warren guilty of first-degree murder and robbery with use of a deadly weapon. On Jan. 9, 2010, police found 74-year-old Constance Wiesner dead inside a unit at the Arthur McCants Apartments, a senior citizens residence, in the 800 block of North Eastern Avenue, near Washington Avenue. Wiesner was found by Las Vegas police in her living room with “defensive injuries.” Security footage from a nearby convenience store showed Warren with Wiesner the day before her body was found. Warren’s wife was a friend and caretaker of Wiesner’s and told investigators that before the slaying, her husband had withdrawn several hundred dollars from a bank. His wife had a fight with him about his gambling.

 Shots fired led to bust of Buena Vista Township gambling ring

A report of gunshots fired in the southwest end of the township led Buena Vista police to an illegal gambling ring, police say. Officers made contact with those inside the home, who “made suspicious movements,” including pulling the curtains shut, Klecker said. As they spoke with somebody inside the home, who would not allow the officers to enter the home and check on the welfare of those inside, the officers saw in “plain view money counters and other items consistent with a gambling operation,” Klecker said. Those participating in executing the search warrant “found evidence of a full-scale gaming and gambling operation,” Klecker said. “Police seized calculators, money counters, betting pads, file cabinets, accounting records, currency, and coin.” Police arrested four individuals — three men and a woman — while another woman was transported to a hospital for injuries unrelated to the gunshots that were fired.

 Former Central Texas Bank Employee Charged In $6 Million Theft

A former employee of the Whitney 1st National Bank has been summoned to federal court next week to answer a charge of embezzlement of more than $6 million from the bank. She has not yet been arrested, but Mary Helen (Murty) Lane is charged with embezzlement from a federally insured financial institution of more than $1,000. Lane was employed by the bank for 27 years and she resigned her position as vice president in January 2012.

The charging documents says Lane used most of the cash to finance gambling trips to Las Vegas, Nevada and Shreveport, Louisiana. The FBI also said that when Lane would return from gambling trips she would give her fellow employees $100 bills which she claimed to be part of her gambling winnings. Retired FBI Special Agent John Truehitt, who now is the police chief at Lacy Lakeview, said in his report that on at least one occasion the bank in Whitney ran out of $100 bills, and Lane went to her home to get some and bring them back to the bank in exchange for $20 bills from the bank’s cash drawers. During an investigation bank employees told FBI agents Lane made so many trips to gambling venues that she was rewarded with complimentary trips, hotel rooms and food.

 Bust of 1,100 illegal video gambling machines underscores state’s gamble on slots in bars

When authorities swarmed a central Illinois warehouse last fall, they found more than 1,000 video gambling machines they declared illegal, proclaiming the discovery one of the largest such busts in state history. Four months later, state gambling regulators are still closely watching for an arrest. They view it as a test case on whether the state can make good on key promises to eradicate the underworld business while embarking on a controversial expansion of legalized video gambling. When authorities swarmed a central Illinois warehouse last fall, they found more than 1,000 video gambling machines they declared illegal, proclaiming the discovery one of the largest such busts in state history. Four months later, state gambling regulators are still closely watching for an arrest. They view it as a test case on whether the state can make good on key promises to eradicate the underworld business while embarking on a controversial expansion of legalized video gambling.

 Ex-teacher guilty of embezzlement; gambled $1 million at Del. casinos

A former Worcester County teacher has been found guilty on charges of embezzlement of more than $433,000 from the county teacher’s union. Denise Inez Owens admitted that while serving as the treasurer of the Worcester County Teacher’s Association she used its funds to pay for a gambling problem. Prosecutors said their investigation showed that during a period of three years, Owens had visited casinos in Delaware on more than 600 occasions, and gambled more than $1 million. She told the judge that the stealing had been hanging over her head for three years, and she felt relieved to have been caught. “I can’t imagine I did this, but I did. I know why: gambling addiction,” Owens said, adding, “I am at a place where I have nothing.”

 Repeat fraud lands gambling addict in prison

A 60-year-old Calgary woman who stole $1.5 million from her employer over nearly four years to feed a gambling addiction began serving prison time Tuesday. Provincial court Judge Harry Van Harten ordered Janice Lorraine Boyes, who avoided jail on two prior, similar convictions, into custody while he determined the length of her sentence. Defence attorney Telmo Dos Santos sought a three-year sentence, saying his client did not use the money for a lavish lifestyle, but simply blew the money by gambling it away. When confronted, Boyes admitted taking the money and told him about her gambling problem. She again admitted the fraud the next day in an email, and advised him she was getting help for her problem.

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