Brief Look at Crime 08/05 – 08/11

Man kills grandfather for gambling house away

In a shocking turn of events a man killed his grandfather on losing a five-marla house in gambling and buried him in the courtyard of his house. The police were informed on Sunday that Arshad and his 70-year-old grandfather Arif went missing. The police started a search mission for them. In the meantime, Arshad told his family about the murder. The police recovered the body buried in the courtyard and sent it for postmortem. According to the police, the grandfather had lost a house via gambling that infuriated the grandson and resulted in the murder. The accused is on the run and the police are conducting raids to arrest him.

Aaron Hernandez’s mother charged with helping to run an illegal sports gambling ring in past

It turns out that Aaron Hernandez, who currently stands accused of murder, isn’t the only member of his family with a criminal past. In 2001 Hernandez’s mother Terri was arrested on gambling charges for working as a low-level bookie in a local gambling ring. Though Hernandez , who now works as an administrative secretary at a local school, was charged with professional gambling and possession of gambling records, she never went to trial. A Statewide Organized Crime Investigative Task Force had been conducting a criminal investigation into Hovanesian’s operation since late 2000, eventually executing a wiretap on Hernandez’s phone lines. Within two days the wiretap intercepted more than 200 telephone calls that ‘constitute material evidence of the offenses of professional gambling’ according to Bristol Superior Court court papers

Man kills wife for opposing gambling racket in house

A woman was allegedly killed by her husband for opposing gambling racket being run in the house in Kidwainagar under Juhi police station late on Tuesday night. According to reports, Vinay Singh was running a gambling racket in a portion of his M-block house. His wife Sandhya was opposed to it. According to reports, Sandhya body was found lying in a pool of blood on the third floor of the house late on Tuesday night. Her throat had been slit. Vinay had alerted the police control room and informed them that his wife was killed following a robbery in the house. However, his in-laws alleged that Sandhya was killed as she was against the gambling racket operated by Vinay and his friends in a portion of the house.

High-rolling Vegas figure accused of tax evasion

A high-rolling Las Vegas businessman already accused of defrauding investors of $191 million is facing new allegations that he failed to pay federal income tax on more than $87 million in unreported income. An indictment handed up Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas accuses Ramon DeSage of four counts of wire fraud stemming from casino and bank wire transfers totaling $15.1 million, and four counts of failing to pay nearly $31 million in taxes from 2006-2009. DeSage previously pleaded not guilty to fraud charges in the Ponzi scheme case and is being held on house arrest. He’s due for arraignment Aug. 15 on the new charges. Prosecutors allege DeSage used his companies including Cadeau Express, Beryt and Merits Incentives to defraud investors. A high-rolling Las Vegas businessman already accused of defrauding investors of $191 million is facing new allegations that he failed to pay federal income tax on more than $87 million in unreported income. An indictment handed up Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas accuses Ramon DeSage of four counts of wire fraud stemming from casino and bank wire transfers totaling $15.1 million, and four counts of failing to pay nearly $31 million in taxes from 2006-2009. DeSage previously pleaded not guilty to fraud charges in the Ponzi scheme case and is being held on house arrest. He’s due for arraignment Aug. 15 on the new charges. Prosecutors allege DeSage used his companies including Cadeau Express, Beryt and Merits Incentives to defraud investors.

Clerk gets four years for HWHS theft

An ex-activities clerk was sentenced to four years in prison Tuesday for stealing more than $150,000 from the student body at Hanford West High School. Four years is the maximum sentence Kathleen Barrie, 51, could face after jurors convicted her in May of grand theft exceeding $65,000. Family, friends, students and co-workers submitted letters to the court on Barrie’s behalf, describing her as an honest person with integrity. But Judge Donna Tarter said these claims only highlighted Barrie’s gift for fraud, stressing that this was far from a trivial crime. Investigators say Barrie stole $156,620 while working as the school’s student activities finance clerk from 2005 to 2009, embezzling the money from fundraisers, donations and sporting events. Barrie covered her tracks by backfilling stolen payments with freshly acquired funds, falsifying receipts to show that both amounts had been paid. Prosecutors said she spent most of the money gambling in casinos.

Santa Ana church treasurer accused of embezzling $110K

A treasurer at an Orange County church is accused of embezzling more than $110,000.  Prosecutors allege Fiatala Manu stole the money while serving as interim treasurer of the First Samoan Christian Congregational Church in Santa Ana. “It’s a lot of money and I felt bad for the parishioners, because they would come faithfully and it’s all family-oriented. I’m really surprised and saddened,” said Florenda Torres of Santa Ana. Prosecutors allege Manu embezzled the money from church bank accounts over 10 months, starting in October 2011.  Instead of paying the bills of the small church, the 46-year-old is accused of writing checks to himself and making withdrawals.

Employee steals hundreds of thousands from company

Kenneth Miller is a US Postal Inspector. Miller says, “Brenda Helpling was a 20-year employee. She was the controller, so she controlled the finances and the bills for the company.” That was the problem. Assisting Helpling with her crime was the only person overseeing company finances, which made it easy for her to steal. In total she took nearly $400,000. Miller says, “She created fictitious accounts in order to pay her own bills and gambling expenses.” The company realized there was a problem when Helpling went on vacation and another employee noticed discrepancies. Miller says, “Her back-up was looking at some of the payments and she looked at the bills and realized a lot of the bills weren’t companies they did business with.”

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