Brief Look at Crime 10/21 – 10/27

Wealthy woman murdered by conmen to feed their gambling habits

Carole Waugh, 49, pictured, who grew up in Haswell and went to school in Peterlee, was stabbed in the neck at her flat in Marylebone in London. Rakesh Bhayani, 41, and Nicholas Kutner, 48, deny murdering Miss Waugh, whose remains were found three and a half months after she went missing. Her s body was found in a car inside a garage on the outskirts of the capital on August 2, with the court hearing she may have died on the night of April 16. “She was a woman who had plenty of money. That was to prove her undoing. “She owned her flat, it was worth more than £600,000, she had savings, shares, jewellery, of which she was proud, and a cash income from working as an amateur escort.” Bhayani and Kutner had a history of tricking and defrauding people to fund their gambling habit and had met through prison, Mr Gibbs said.

Ex-Peninsula gov’t worker charged with theft

A Hayward woman who worked for a San Mateo County water district faces felony charges on allegations she stole $247,000 from the agency to pay gambling debts, a prosecutor said Friday. Catherine Abou-Remeleh, 53, allegedly wrote herself 187 checks from a bank account holding funds for the Mid-Peninsula Water District, where she worked in finance. A health problem in late 2011 led to her going on leave and the subsequent discovery of the theft, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. Abou-Remeleh is due in San Mateo County Superior Court Nov. 12 for her first hearing on the charges, which include theft of government funds, embezzlement and identity theft, Wagstaffe said. She is not in jail and her health problems could delay her arraignment. Her attorney Steve Teich said he hadn’t seen the evidence against his client yet and declined to comment. However, he said she is recovering from the stroke in an assisted-living facility and is expected to be well enough to attend court.

Embezzlement Scheme Uncovered at Bodog

The online gambling firm Bodog has accused a number of high-ranking company officials of perpetrating a scheme to embezzle millions of dollars from its Asian operation. A Bodog representative tells  Gambling911.com that two former executives of the company set up third party vendors, including payment processors, and used these entities to skim money from Bodog. Alleged co-conspirators include former Bodog pointman Jan Robert Gustafsson and former Bodog Europe CEO Patrik Selin.  Allegations have also been lodged against Bodog CFO Arleen Aldaba, former legal counsel Jennifer de los Santos-Beloso, legal assistant Mary Rose Suanino, office clerk Mary Jane De Guzman and a company driver, Dalmacio Mendoza, according to Bodog representatives, who contacted Gambling911.com.  Most of the operatives resided in the Philippines, a Southeastern nation rife with corruption.

Former NY bookkeeper faces prison for $800K theft

A former western New York bookkeeper faces prison for stealing nearly $800,000 from her employer over 10 years. Mary Jane Hagler of the Buffalo suburb of Hamburg is scheduled to be sentenced in Erie County Court Thursday afternoon. Prosecutors say the 58-year-old stole money to support a casino gambling habit from 2003 to 2012 while working for Pearce and Pearce Co., a Buffalo property management firm. She wrote checks to herself and used a company credit card for personal purchases. Hagler pleaded guilty in June to grand larceny and offering a false instrument. She’s paid about half of the money back. She faces a minimum of two years in prison because she has two prior felony drunken driving convictions, in 2004 and 2006.

Ex-CFO of tech company sentenced for embezzlement

The former chief financial officer of an Orange County technology company was sentenced Wednesday to more than four years in prison for stealing roughly $15 million from the company. Jean Joseph Ibrahim was given a 50-month sentence and ordered to pay $15 million in restitution, City News Service reported. Ibrahim pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud for stealing the money from his former employer, Trustin Technology, which worked with companies such as Apple Inc. and IBM. Company executives alerted federal authorities last year, saying they believed Ibrahim had embezzled millions before he resigned. But Ibrahim took the funds and put them into his own accounts, authorities said. He then spent the money gambling, going on vacations and buying items such as suits and shoes.

2 dead, 2 injured in shooting at possible cockfight in rural Miami-Dade

Police are investigating whether a possible cockfighting ring led to a shooting that left two men dead and two others injured Sunday night in southwest Miami-Dade County. Gunshots rang out about 7:40 p.m. Sunday behind a yellow home in the 19600 block of Southwest 168th Street, a rural, agricultural area dotted with farms and nurseries. The shootings happened in a structure behind the home, Miami-Dade police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta said.  Investigators say the shooting may have stemmed from a cockfighting ring in the area.  The names of the shooting victims and conditions of the injured, who were taken to local hospitals, were expected to be released midday Monday.  Detectives continued their work at the scene Monday after examining it in the dark Sunday night.

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