Brief Look at Crime 09/02 – 09/08

Doctor’s credit used for gambling, trips

An Orangeburg physician learned he went on some cruises, gambled and leased cars — or at least his credit card did, according to a Sheriff’s Office incident report. The doctor said the tally has so far come out to be more than $100,000 after an acquaintance gained access to his credit cards. The physician called law enforcement Saturday saying he discovered an acquaintance from out of state not only gained access to his credit cards, but managed to have his name added as an authorized user and had an extra one made for his wife. The physician said he befriended the man two years ago. The man moved to Orangeburg to be closer to his South Carolina friend, the physician. Once here, the man was given small jobs around the office and a credit card to be used for gas only. However, the physician said he found out recently the acquaintance had gained access to at least three of his credit accounts, on which an address change was made to reflect that of the acquaintance. According to the credit card companies, several luxury vacations were paid for using the cards. Records reflect one vacation cruise cost more than $15,000 after a gambling tab was run up.

Tax fraudster used lottery claims to seek $13 million in refunds, feds allege

Orlando Cairo was taking tax refund fraud to the next level, according to a new federal criminal case announced Tuesday. Not only was Miami resident Cairo filing fake tax returns in other people’s names, but he was also claiming they’d won the lottery and were entitled to huge refunds, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s office. Cairo is facing a combined maximum penalty exceeding life in prison on 21 counts, including wire fraud aggravated identify theft, altering a treasury check and destruction of records. According to the release, Cairo filed 624 fraudulent tax returns seeking refunds of over $13 million. Cairo had an initial appearance in federal court Tuesday in West Palm Beach. He allegedly filed fake returns that claimed fraudulent gambling winnings and withholdings by the Florida Lottery.

Suspects identified in gambling house murder

Orange County Sheriff’s detectives are looking for two felons in connection with the April shooting death of man who was leaving a gambling house in South Apopka. Keith Cannon, 38, and Gregory Anderson, 25, were charged with attempted robbery with a firearm and second degree murder after they tried to steal from 34-year-old Terrious Mandrell Miles. Miles was emerging April 19 from a gambling house in the 400 block of 13th Street just before 1 a.m. when detectives say Anderson shot him in the presence of several witnesses, said Det. Eric DeBose. Both men are on the loose and have significant criminal records, detectives said. Anderson was released from state prison less than a year ago on drugs and weapons charges. Orange County Sheriff’s detectives are looking for two felons in connection with the April shooting death of man who was leaving a gambling house in South Apopka. Keith Cannon, 38, and Gregory Anderson, 25, were charged with attempted robbery with a firearm and second degree murder after they tried to steal from 34-year-old Terrious Mandrell Miles. Miles was emerging April 19 from a gambling house in the 400 block of 13th Street just before 1 a.m. when detectives say Anderson shot him in the presence of several witnesses, said Det. Eric DeBose. Both men are on the loose and have significant criminal records, detectives said.

Former state senator pleads guilty to federal wire fraud charge

A former state senator who used $63,000 in campaign funds to gamble at a Kansas casino has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of wire fraud.  Former Sen. Brenda Council of Omaha, an attorney, had previously been convicted of two state misdemeanor counts for filing false campaign finance reports. Council entered the plea in federal court. Prosecutors have agreed to seek only probation for Council during a sentencing hearing scheduled for December. Council was officially charged with two state misdemeanor counts of abuse of public records for failing to report expenditures from her campaign account. State law requires that expenditures of campaign funds be disclosed on campaign finance reports. Council stated her gambling problem compromised her judgment.

Blackjack Dealer Bust As She Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

A former blackjack dealer has truly and utterly gone bust in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Misty Lynn White got could get hit pretty hard for her involvement in the scam, where the player didn’t even need to know any card counting systems to be sitting pretty. The games took place at Tulsa’s Osage Casino, where White was a blackjack dealer, but her shenanigans with an as yet unnamed player could have cost the casino as much as $85,000! Her choice of cheating perhaps wasn’t a very smart strategy, as White simply showed the player her hole cards. Well, she should have realized the camera would have caught her sooner rather than later. Indeed it did, but not before the pair took part in an unknown number of games over several days.

Former South Pittsburg, Tenn., Mayor and Co-conspirator Plead Guilty to Conducting Illegal Gambling Business

A former mayor of South Pittsburg, Tenn., and a co-conspirator pleaded guilty today in Chattanooga, Tenn., to conducting an illegal gambling business, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Special Agent in Charge Kenneth Moore of the FBI’s Knoxville, Tenn., Field Office. According to court documents, Killian was mayor of South Pittsburg from 2005 until 2012.  During that time, Killian conducted a gambling operation that involved video gambling machines located at a convenience store he owned in South Pittsburg.  Killian also managed an “outlaw” lottery, in which bettors placed illegal bets on legal state lotteries.  In addition, Killian ran an illegal sports betting ring in partnership with Cole.  Cole received sports bets, collected wagers and paid successful bettors their winnings, and Killian and Cole split the proceeds of the operation. At sentencing, scheduled for Jan. 9, 2013, Killian and Cole both face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Additional Cash Seized In Antioch Gambling Ring Case

Over a quarter million dollars in additional cash has been seized by police as they continue their investigation into a Nashville gambling operation, bringing the total amount seized in the case to over $500,000. The cash was discovered after police obtained search warrants to force open two lockboxes owned by 60-year-old Edna Davenport of Antioch. Detectives with the Metro Nashville Police Department’s Gambling Unit of the Specialized Investigations Division said Davenport was operating a numbers gambling operation. Police said the illegal numbers gambling involved wagering on a daily widely publicized number, such as the close of the New York Stock Exchange.

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