Daily Archives: August 2, 2013

A Brief Look at Crime 07/22 – 07/28

The gambling addict: Man confesses to kidnapping, selling eight girls

On July 17, Jagirani the junk dealer, intoxicated seven-year-old S* while she was on her way to the grocery shop. He put the young girl in a sack and was speeding away on his pushcart when people of the area caught wind of the incident and informed the police. The police chased Jagirani and caught him near Warah Shakh, some eight kilometres away from Ratodero. In his statement before the Ratodero police, the accused revealed that he was a habitual gambler and had lost a lot of money. His friend, Imran Langah, a resident of Garhi Khairo near Jacobabad, often lent him money with heavy interest for gambling. He said that he owed a huge sum to Langah who suggested that he kidnap a minor girl for him to clear the debt.

Former D.C.-area paralegal sentenced to 30 months in ticket resale scam

A 28-year-old former paralegal who admitted gambling away hundreds of thousands of dollars that investors thought she was using to fund a high-end sports ticket resale business was sentenced Friday to two and a half years in federal prison. Sobbing and wiping tears from her face, Ailyn Roque apologized repeatedly to a federal district court judge in Alexandria, saying that she knew what she had done was “an awful and terrible thing.” She pleaded guilty to wire fraud in April, and authorities said Friday that she had bilked as many as 23 people out of nearly $800,000. “I don’t want to be this thing, this thing that I’m so ashamed of,” Roque said.

Former lottery official pleads guilty to stealing, cashing in winning tickets

A former security official for the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to accusations that he stole tens of thousands of dollars worth of winning lottery tickets.  Remmele Mazyck, who served as deputy director of security, admitted Friday that he stole tickets that were intended to be free giveaways at the State Fair and other public events. This reportedly started shortly after he was hired with the organization in 2009 and continued until he was caught and fired in late 2012, according to THV’s media partners at Arkansas Business . The Arkansas Lottery Commission (ALC) said in a press release the charges allege that between November 2009 and October 2012, Mazyck used his position of authority to steal lottery tickets and cash them undetected. Mazyck cashed 22,710 tickets for a total $478,073, according to the ALC. ALC Director Bishop Woosley first learned that this activity occurred on October 26, 2012. He placed Mazyck on administrative leave that day and terminated Mazyck’s employment on November 14, 2012.

Man pleads guilty to shooting over gambling debt

A 22-year-old man pleaded guilty to shooting and wounding another man when the victim tried to avoid paying off a $50 bet. Terrell “Baby Boy” Barnes, who was living Durham at the time of the crime but went to Florida afterward, pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury as part of a plea deal Monday in Durham County Criminal Superior Court. In exchange for his guilty plea, the state dismissed charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, discharging a weapon into occupied property and discharging a weapon in a predominately residential area. The victim made an illegal $50 bet on a boxing match in December 2012, said Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Bedford. He returned to his girlfriend’s home after the match and asked if anybody was looking for him, Bedford said. She told him that someone named “Boy” had knocked on the door but left. Later, “Baby Boy” came back to the area, and the victim ran into an apartment, and “Baby Boy” fired three shots into the apartment and hit the victim once in the back, Bedford said.

Police seize 8 million in assets from illegal betting ring

Police from the southern Italian city of Potenza seized homes and assets worth eight million euros across Italy in an operation against a ring allegedly managing illegal gambling and betting, investigators said on Wednesday.  Two people have been placed under house arrest and another seven ordered not to leave town. The police operation dubbed ‘game over’ reportedly uncovered a criminal gang which used rigged slot machines and computer games.  The nine people involved in the investigation are charged with controlling illegal gambling and betting enterprises as well as money laundering. The gambling and betting joints across the southern Basilicata region allegedly offered customers rigged online poker games and slot machines where players had only one chance in 7,000 to win a game, as one of the managers said in a tapped phone conversation cited by investigators.

Italian poker star kills self over $600,000 loss

Italian poker star Alessandro Bastianoni was found dead inside a luxury apartment in Miraflores, Peru Wednesday with reported gambling debts of $600,000.  His death appeared to be a suicide by poisoning roughly 10 days ago, according to local media.   Bastianoni’s body was discovered by his partner Yeinni Ospina, who lives in Colombia, media said.  She last spoke with him July 6 and went searching for him after losing communication.  “He told me he’d lost a lot of money and I could hear a profound sadness in his voice. I tried to cheer him up but it was useless,” she said.

Fosher sentenced to four years in prison

A Bullhead City woman who embezzled more than a quarter of a million dollars from her Lake Havasu City employer was sentenced late Friday afternoon to prison. Susan Ellen Fosher, 65, had been charged with five counts of theft. She pleaded guilty in June to one count of theft with the remaining theft charges being dropped. Under the plea agreement, she faced probation or up to four years in prison. Fosher’s attorney, Brad Rideout, argued mitigating factors that she had no criminal record, her age, her remorse, that she assisted police in their investigation and her admission of an addiction to gambling. Per the plea agreement, Superior Court Judge Rick Williams sentenced her to the maximum four years in prison. Fosher was charged with embezzling more than $270,000 during a four-year period at a Lake Havasu City medical office. She was hired as an office manager for the business in 2007 and began embezzling the money since 2008, according to Lake Havasu City Police Department spokesman Charlie Cassens.

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