A Brief Look at Crime 06/03 – 06/09

Man beaten to death by masked men in trailer home

Police from the Lod subdistrict and the YAMAR investigative unit are looking for suspects in the killing of a Kfar Truman resident found beaten to death in his trailer home inside the village on Sunday night. A senior official with the Central District police said Monday that the victim, 46-year-old Shimon Tirush was well-known to police, with a criminal record tied to his involvement in illegal gambling rings. Tirush had returned to his home with his girlfriend when he was ambushed by two masked men who were waiting inside the caravan. The two men beat him unconscious and then fled the scene, at which point his girlfriend called police. Lod police commander Doron Turgeman told reporters at the scene of the murder that around 1:30 officers received a call of a robbery at Kfar Truman and that when they arrived they found the victim lying in the entry way of his home, and that paramedics spent a half hour trying to revive him before ruling him dead.

Gambler convicted, risks spending life in prison

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Joseph Neal was convicted Thursday evening for a crime that took place in June of 2009, according to a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office press release.  Neal was charged with two counts of Armed Robbery, one count of Aggravated Assault, and one count of Shooting or Throwing Deadly Missiles. In June 2009, Neal was gambling, pitching quarters, with two others and lost almost $600, the report detailed. He then left the area and came back with a revolver. The report said, Neal pointed the gun at the two victims and fired into a vehicle of another victim, who stopped by to visit. The victims gave Neal their money, he fled the area and was later caught by JSO, the report said.  Neal faces life in prison and will be sentenced the week of June 17.

Fort Worth vice officer sentenced to four years in prison for giving inside information to Dallas-based gambling operation

In March, 52-year-old Edward Boyd Adcock, who once worked vice for the Fort Worth police department, pleaded guilty to official use of misinformation — a technical term that means he used his position to warn a gambling operation about coming raids and an ongoing criminal investigation. At the time he requested a judge hand down his sentence. Today he got his wish: In a Fort Worth courtroom Judge Louis Sturns sentenced Adcock to four years in prison. According to the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office, Adcock made a lot of money being a crooked cop — up to $70,000.

Terrytown woman arrested after stealing more than $100K for gambling

A Terrytown woman was arrested after a gambling addition led to her stealing more than $100,000 from a restaurant she once worked for, a Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s spokesman said Monday. Kristen Carroll, 38, was booked with one count of theft, valued at $103,508.44, as well as being a fugitive for failing to appear for an arraignment hearing related to issuing worthless checks. According to Commander Eric Becnel, the owner of the restaurant suspected Carroll, who managed the eatery from July 2011 to Jun 2012, of stealing cash deposits. Carroll was a friend of the owner and was responsible for collecting the cash payments to prepare for daily deposits, Becnel said. The owner noticed a significant amount of cash missing from deposits when he checked the business deposits against cash received and confronted Carroll, Becnel said. Carroll admitted to her friend that she had been taking money to support her gambling addiction.

Huston ordered to pay $2.8M for embezzling from Franklin County

A Franklin County judge ruled Friday that Dennis Huston will have to pay $2.8 million in restitution for embezzling money from the county for 22 years.  Judge Vic VanderSchoor said he doesn’t know if Huston ever will be able to pay even a portion of the money back.  The restitution covers a period from 1996 to 2012 when Huston was collecting “consistent sums” of money after he opened a bank account in the name of a Spokane company and submitted invoices to Franklin County for equipment and parts it never received. Huston testified briefly from his chair while shackled, dressed in an orange jumpsuit. He said he processed legitimate payments to the Spokane company while he was working for the county.  Huston’s defense lawyer John Jensen argued some of the money he was convicted of embezzling actually was part of those payments. He was sentenced to 16 years in prison in March for the embezzlement scheme, which is considered by officials to be the worst government fraud in state history.  Huston said in court after he pleaded guilty that he stole money to support his cocaine and gambling habits.

State worker allegedly stole $1 million and went gambling

Authorities have arrested a former accountant for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals on charges she defrauded the state’s Medicaid program out of more than $1 million. Attorney General James “Buddy” Caldwell’s office says 46-year-old Deborah Crowder Loper, of Baton Rouge, was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Tuesday on charges of fraud, money laundering and malfeasance in office. Loper managed funds used to operate the state’s Medicaid program. Caldwell’s office claims she fabricated documents to make it appear that she had closed a bank account associated with her job. Instead, she allegedly deposited hundreds of thousands of dollars in Medicaid reimbursement funds into the account for her personal use. Louisiana Inspector General Stephen Street says records show Loper would use the money to gamble at area casinos.

East Naples man to serve 7 years for defrauding employer of $150,000

An East Naples man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for stealing more than $150,000 from his employer to fund his personal gambling ventures.   Raymond Gryska, 63, of the 1800 block of Florida Club Circle, will also serve 23 years of probation and has been ordered to pay full restitution, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office’s Economic Crimes Unit began investigating Gryska after they received a complaint from his employer, Leanis Polynesian Shop Inc. An analysis of the business’s accounts discovered 296 fraudulent transactions from January  2008 through July 2011. The majority of the fraud involved Gryska forging checks from several of the victim’s operating accounts and depositing them into his personal account with the exception of several checks that were cashed at check cashing establishments or sent to his personal brokerage account, the Sheriff’s Office reported. In total, Gryska stole $157,167 from three separate accounts.

Gambling link eyed in fatal Brooklyn stabbing

One man was stabbed to death and another was wounded in a fight apparently linked to an illegal gambling operation in Brooklyn, police sources said Friday. The violence erupted at 10:30 p.m. Thursday in front of a home on 60th St. in Sunset Park. A 37-year-old man was stabbed in the leg and bled to death. Another man the same age was in stable condition at Lutheran Medical Center with a slash wound on his left hand, police said.

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