A Brief Look at Crime 05/06 – 05/12

Gambler jailed for killing elderly friend in his Rochdale home

A gambler who let himself into his elderly pal’s home, lay in wait for him and then murdered him for his pension money has been jailed for a minimum of 25 years. Frail Vincent Kershaw, 84, died at his house at Willow Lane, Milnrow, Rochdale, after being knocked unconscious with a rubber mallet by Michael Fearon, who he had trusted with a set of keys. Manchester Crown Court heard that the killer was a ‘pathological gambler’ – and that Mr Kershaw was known to carry large sums of money on him.  Before his death a pal had warned the well-liked pensioner about carrying wads of cash about, telling him to ‘put it in the bank, someone is going to bang you on the head and take it off you’, Simon Medland QC, prosecuting, said. Mr Kershaw lay unconscious, bleeding and helpless on the kitchen floor for two days before he died. Fearon, 57, a builder, of Timbercliff, Littleborough, admitted murder yesterday as his trial was due to begin.

Man shot, killed Sunday night in west Tulsa

Tulsa police are investigating an overnight homicide after an injured man knocked on doors in a west Tulsa neighborhood. The man was transported to a local hospital where he later died. Investigators say no one in the neighborhood near 7th Street and Charles Page Boulevard reports seeing what happened to the victim, identified as 43-year-old Donald Treat. No suspect information is currently available. Police describe Treat as a white man in his 40s and believe he lived in the neighborhood. Police have found no motive at this time, though Treat’s family says he had a gambling addiction and could have owned someone money.

Fannin Co. Couple Pleads Guilty In Embezzlement Case

A woman accused of embezzling nearly a million dollars enters her plea in court, and prosecutors say she was eventually caught because of her high rate of attendance.  Prosecutors say the former Fannin County Electric Co-op clerk now admits to stealing large sums of cash. “Over a period of four years or more, she stole more than $800,000,” says District Attorney Richard Glaser. Prosecutors say Tabitha Caplinger was in charge of training other billing clerks. “She was able to not only collect the money as it came in, but code it for billing purposes and cover her tracks,” says Glaser. “Stuff like that happens all the time and it’s just one more case,” says neighbor Paul Henkel. Prosecutors say a majority of the missing money, about $500,000, came from a single electricity account with the city of Irving, which has a pump at a reservoir in Fannin County, but no one in Irving apparently noticed a problem with their bill. Prosecutors say the Caplingers lost much of the money at Choctaw Casino. “They had records of her gambling up there and she’d lost over $400,000,” says Glaser.

Homebuilder Steals Federal Money For Gambling Habit

A federal court jury in Las Vegas found a Nevada-based homebuilder guilty of siphoning off federal money that was supposed to be used to build Navajo Nation affordable homes for his own gambling and personal expenses. U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden says 69-year-old William Aubrey faces up to 10 years in federal prison and $500,000 in fines following his conviction Thursday of two counts of conversion of money and funds from a tribal organization. The jury acquitted a co-defendant, Chester Carl. A federal public defender representing Aubrey didn’t immediately respond Friday to messages. Bogden says Aubrey, of Mesquite, owned a company called Lodgebuilder that contracted from 1996 to 2004 with the Navajo nonprofit Fort Defiance Housing Corp. to build homes on tribal land in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

Robber who bound and blindfolded Costco employees gets 25 years

An armed robber who terrorized employees in a series of heists across Nova Scotia has been given a 25-year prison sentence. The Crown recommended that Jermaine Carvery serve a life sentence for the robberies, which netted $500,000 in cash and goods for Carvery and his crew. Carvery was sentenced on charges of attempted murder, robbery and forcible confinement. The robberies occurred at a Costco in Halifax, a TRA Cash and Carry in Truro and Chrissy’s Trading Post in Hammonds Plains. All of the robberies happened in 2004 and involved employees being held hostage. At the Costco, the robbers bound and in some cases blindfolded about 40 employees over a 2 1/2 hour period as they arrived for work. The defence asked for 15 to 20 years in prison, saying Carvery is remorseful and committed the crimes to feed a gambling habit.     

Pa. nonprofit founder charged with stealing $530K

A Lycoming County man faces felony theft charges for allegedly stealing more than $500,000 from the nonprofit company he founded to help troubled youths. An affidavit filed Friday by the district attorney’s office charges that 46-year-old James McCloy of Jersey Shore stole more than $530,000 between 2009 and 2012 from Susquehanna House Inc. The affidavit claims he spent it on things that included gambling and strip clubs, divorce payments to his ex-wife and loan payments on his former residence. McCloy is the founder and president of Susquehanna House, which owns properties in Linden, Jersey Shore, Montoursville and Williamsport, Pa., and Atlantic City, N.J. It says it provides residential services, foster care and transitional living for youths.

Ex-YWCA CFO charged with embezzlement

A former chief financial officer accused of stealing more than $280,000 from YWCA Oklahoma City was charged with embezzlement Thursday in Oklahoma County District Court. Shannon Marie Rickards, 41, of Oklahoma City, admitted to charity executives and investigators that she transferred ownership of two bank cards to her name to steal funds, court records show. One of those cards was issued to Jan Peery, chief executive officer of YWCA Oklahoma City, records show. Rickards is accused of embezzling $281,410 between October 2010 and January 2013, according to a probable cause affidavit. The store accepts donated clothing and resells items to support YWCA programs, including crisis services for battered women and children. Some of the donated clothing also is given directly to battered women and children who seek YWCA assistance when fleeing violent situations. Rickards told investigators she used the cards at automated teller machines to withdraw funds from an account that belonged to the resale shop. Security footage shows Rickards using the cards at ATMs inside gambling facilities, prosecutors said. She also admitted to altering bank statements to cover up the embezzlement.

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