Brief Look at Crime 08/19 – 08/25

Man’s gambling ‘led to wife’s murder’

Brian Bradbury beat his wife to death with a dumbbell inside their Sydney home after they argued about his gambling addiction, court documents allege. He then staged a random home invasion to conceal Lynette Bradbury’s murder on October 31, 2011, the documents say. At the time of his wife’s death there was only $12 in their bank accounts. But when Bradbury, 58, was granted bail in Parramatta Local Court on Wednesday there were hugs and sobs of joy from about a dozen family members in the gallery. His addiction was straining their relationship, police allege, and Mrs Bradbury had to work extra shifts to pay off their debt. “The victim had confided in a family member that she would leave the accused if she discovered him gambling again,” the court documents state.

IT boss who stole £19MILLION from energy firm and blew most of it gambling online

An IT manager has been jailed for seven years after defrauding his employers of £19million to feed his runaway gambling addiction. Jonathan Revill exploited his position at multinational energy firm GDF Suez to order computer equipment, which he then sold on and used the proceeds to place bets online. He would bet as much as £300,000 on a single sporting fixture – and continued to gamble thousands of pounds even after he was arrested. The 38-year-old’s wife was entirely unaware of his criminal behaviour, which included buying a £500,000 family home with company money, and did not know that he had previously been declared bankrupt.

Feds Seize Chinatown Building In Gambling Case

Last week, the federal government of the United States claimed a six-story New York City Chinatown building valued at about $17 million in a case related to illegal gambling. The building’s owner — Won & Har Realty Corporation — had to forfeit the property after it was determined that it was aware of the illegal gambling going on and didn’t take any action to stop the operation. In other words, it wasn’t an “innocent owner,” as it tried to claim. Won & Har will forfeit the building to the United States. The feds will sell the building, retain 65 percent of the proceeds of the sale after accounting for the costs of selling it, and then return the remainder of the proceeds to Won & Har Realty.

Montco DA: Fire dept. treasurer stole $250,000

The treasurer of a Montgomery County nonprofit fire department has been arrested for stealing nearly a quarter-million dollars from the organization and using the money to fly to China and Las Vegas, and to buy jewelry, spa visit and tickets to sporting events. Montgomery County detectives charged Ronald Kenneth Nolan on Thursday with theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception, misapplication of entrusted property and related offenses in the theft from the Upper Gwynedd Township Fire Company, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said Friday in a statement. An audit and the criminal investigation found “that the defendant stole $249,703.77 of Upper Gwynedd Township Fire Company funds and used it for his personal expenses between 2006-2012, all while he served as the volunteer treasurer of the organization,” Ferman said in the statement.

Man sentenced in embezzlement of Las Vegas developer

A man who conspired to embezzle millions from Turnberry Associates, which owns several Las Vegas properties, was sentenced today to more than four years in prison. Rocco Lazazzaro, 55, pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy of wire fraud. In addition to his prison sentence, he was ordered to pay $3.7 million in restitution, said Daniel Bogden, U.S. attorney for the district of Nevada. Lazazzaro conspired with Hope Ippoliti, 51, the former controller of Turnberry Associates, to steal more than $3.7 million from the company and its affiliates. The company is responsible for Town Square, Turnberry Towers and Residences at MGM among other Las Vegas properties. Turnberry Associates lost a combined $5.6 million. Lazazzaro pleaded guilty to being directly involved in $3.7 million of that total, Bogden said. Lazazzaro used the money for gambling and drugs, Bogden said.

18-year term for man who bilked Catholic order

On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno sentenced Sotomayor to 18 years in prison and ordered $1 million restitution – money the judge acknowledged would never be fully repaid.  There have been larger frauds, with more victims and higher losses. But this one struck a nerve with the judge and prosecutor because of its insidiousness and the tragic impact it had on the victims, most of whom live in Puerto Rico.  After losing his life savings, and thousands of dollars in debt, one 78-year-old retiree, Jaime Figueroa, hanged himself in April 2011. His wife of 50 years later was hospitalized in a psychiatric institution. A pastor in Puerto Rico was stripped of his parish and attempted suicide several times. Klotz said casino records showed Sotomayor gambled with more than $1 million at the Trump Plaza Casino in 2010, and $600,000 at Bally’s another year. He also spent $21,000 on his wedding and $6,000 at a New York salon for his wife.

Former Executive Director of San Diego-Based Nonprofit Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

The former executive director of a San Diego-based nonprofit agency designed to help Native Americans find work outside the tribal setting pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing more than $140,000, mostly to feed a gambling habit at local casinos.  David M. Hedley, 38, faces up to 10 years in prison and restitution of $141,260 when he is sentenced Oct. 21 by U.S. District Judge William Q. Hayes. According to the plea agreement, Hedley served as the executive director of the Indian Human Resource Center between Sept. 10 and Dec. 11 of last year. Taking advantage of his position as a signer on IHRC’s credit union account, Hedley obtained a debit card allowing him virtually unrestricted access to the funds in one of the credit union accounts, according to court papers.

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