Brief Look at Crime 09/30 – 10/06

Abducted boy found murdered in Burari, four arrested

The body of a 13-year-old boy, who was kidnapped from Bengali Colony in Burari on Saturday, was found next to a drain in the same area in northwest Delhi late on Monday night. Four people have been arrested. The kidnappers had demanded a ransom of Rs 40 lakh from Jatin Dhingra’s father, a property dealer. Police said the boy was kidnapped to finance the gambling addiction of the accused. Cops claimed to have contacted the kidnappers on Monday but they had allegedly killed the boy by then. Sandeep had run into a debt of Rs 3 lakh due to gambling, and convinced his friends, who also needed money, to kidnap Jatin. “Sandeep and Sunny owned medical shops while Gautam was a medical representative and Mukesh a part-time photographer,” said Sindhu Pillai, DCP (north).

Casino murder: More suspects?

Gauteng police were on Thursday hunting for two more suspects linked to the murder of a man whose body was discovered in the boot of a car at Montecasino at the weekend. Security guards were patrolling the parking lot on Sunday afternoon when they noticed a stench coming from the car. The car had been parked on the fourth floor of the casino since Friday. Maruschka Robinson (24) appeared in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday in connection with the murder. Robinson and her boyfriend allegedly dumped the victim’s body in the boot of a car and left him in the casino’s parking lot on Friday. During the course of the weekend, the pair allegedly stole the victim’s bank cards and withdrew around R35 000. They were caught on the casino’s CCTV cameras. Robinson’s boyfriend was reportedly on the run, but it was believed that a third suspect had also been implicated in the crime. Robinson was expected to return to court in October to face charges of murder and theft. The victim was identified as a resident from Jukskei Park. It was also established that the car belonged to the victim.

Accountant stole from charity to pay for online gambling debts

AN accountant for a charity started stealing funds after spending an astonishing £150,000 on internet gambling sites, a court heard yesterday. Deirdre Gilman was hooked on on-line slot machines and had already borrowed £50,000 from her family to pay off debts from her addiction. The 40-year-old was spared prison after a judge heard that she is now in rehab, and her treatment programme is likely to last for two years. The court heard how Gilman was an accounts manager for the Greatham Hospital of God – a registered charity on the outskirts of Hartlepool. The charity provides residential care, has almshouses and owns a number of retired workers’ bungalows and houses in the village which it rents out.  Gilman was in charge of collecting rents an between February and August last year used a bogus receipt book for tenants and pocketed their cash. Prosecutor Jenny Haigh told the court that after Gilman went on the sick, staff noticed that a large amount of money appeared to be missing.

Arrests in Alabama dog fighting probe grow

The number of people arrested in a multi-state dog fighting investigation has grown to 13. Federal court records show Jennifer Hayden McDonald, of Fairburn, Ga., was arrested last week in southern Mississippi on a conspiracy charge and was released on $25,000 unsecured bond. She has not been scheduled for arraignment in Montgomery, where the federal investigation is headquartered. Investigators seized 367 pit bulls during the initial arrests in late August. Five more were seized recently in Covington County. Now, the number of dogs being held is up to 402 because some of the females had puppies after being seized. The dogs are being cared for at undisclosed locations by the Humane Society of the United States and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, a federal official said.

Marion official sentenced to 24 months for theft

The former manager of Marion’s water department was sentenced to 24 months in prison for embezzling about $524,000 from the southern Illinois town. Linda Heyde also was ordered to serve three years of supervised release after her prison term and to pay restitution of $524,100, said Stephen Wigginton, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois. Heyde pleaded guilty in May to three counts of theft and embezzlement. According to WSIL-TV, the 59-year-old Heyde apologized to the court and her friends and family during Friday’s hearing. She also admitted she had a gambling addiction. During court proceedings, prosecutors presented evidence that Heyde had lost about $234,000 at a casino. Marion Mayor Bob Butler said whether the reason for the theft was a gambling addiction or something else, he’s still disappointed.

Search warrant released in Wheaton Franciscan embezzlement case

A former employee is accused of embezzling more than $1 million from Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare. The company says the woman stole from about 850 of her co-workers, and a newly-uncovered search warrant says the woman was rolling the dice in an attempt to make that cash worth more. “We are told by internal and external auditors that this was a very sophisticated scheme, and obviously there was a loophole in our internal controls,” Anne Ballentine with Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare said. In a 12-page warrant, the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office says the suspect spent the money at Potawatomi Bingo Casino in Milwaukee. According to the search warrant, the suspect told her bosses after she had been caught that she “believed she had transferred about $3,000 to $4,000 in WFH funds during each pay period beginning in about 2006,” saying she had “a gambling problem.”

Gambling Ring Bust Leads Police to Recover Weapons, Narcotics

Police have recovered weapons, narcotics and more than $120,000 after having executed warrants in the wake of an illegal gambling ring bust last week, the Queens district attorney said. Ridgewood’s Benny Maldonado, Woodhaven’s Rosa Rincon, Ozone Park’s Saul Montalvo, Corona’s Daniel Montalvo and the Bronx’s Juan Arisa were all arrested last week on a variety of charges, including enterprise corruption, promoting gambling and possession of gambling records, Queens DA Richard Brown said. But after executing search warrants in the case since the arrests, police have recovered hundreds of narcotics pills, such as Oxycontin and Percocet as well as six weapons, including a 9mm Taurus pistol and a .45 caliber Ruger, and more than $120,000 in cash. “With the execution of these search warrants, we have taken six more deadly weapons off the streets of Queens County,” the DA said. “An investigation that started with illegal gambling has now led to the recovery of a deadly and dangerous combination of guns and drugs.”

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