Brief Look at Crime 01/06 – 01/12

Arthur Brownstein charged with defrauding investor out of $112,000

A West Palm Beach man has been arrested and charged with defrauding an investor of more than $100,000. An arrest report from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office says that Arthur Brownstein became friends with the victim when he taught a class at a Jewish community center in Palm Beach County. Brownstein told the victim that he worked for an organ donation center and would try and help the victim, whose relative needed a transplant. According to the arrest report, Brownstein approached the victim about several investment opportunities that he was involved in. According to investigators, the victim gave Brownstein a total of $112,000 for the two projects. Investigators said Brownstein met with the victim and his wife for lunch last year and admitted that everything that he previously said had been lies. Brownstein says that he lost his job with the Organ Donor Society because of offshore gambling and was desperate for money, according to PBSO.

Ex-NFL player Caldwell charged in gambling case

Former NFL and University of Florida player Donald “Reche” Caldwell has been arrested by Tampa police on charges of operating an illegal gambling house and bookmaking. Police say Caldwell was one of three leaders of the operation. Five other men are facing a variety of charges including probation violations, possession of a control substance and illegal gambling. The 34-year-old Caldwell was a standout wide receiver at Florida and was chosen in the second round of the 2002 NFL draft by the San Diego Chargers. He also played for the New England Patriots and Washington Redskins. His younger brother Andre Caldwell is a receiver for the Denver Broncos. Jail records show Caldwell is free on $4,000 bail in the gambling case. Court records Monday didn’t list an attorney for him.

Housewife, twin daughters found dead in water tank

A homemaker and her twin daughters, aged 14 months, were found dead under mysterious circumstances in an overhead tank of their house at Srinivasa Nagar in the early hours of Saturday. Police sources said circumst­a­nces of the death did not indicate suicide. They suspected fo­ul play. H S Revanna, DCP (South), told Deccan Herald that cases of murder and dowry death were registered against Hareesh, based on a complaint lodged by Asha’s elder brother. Hareesh was then arrested.  Asha was from Sagar in Shimoga district. She worked as a receptionist at a City hotel. In 2011, she had an arranged mar­riage with Hareesh, a sm­all-time mineral water supplier. Her elder sister Lakshmi said the family had to pay Rs 2.5 lakh as dowry, besides 170 gram of gold ornaments. The couple lived on the top floor of Hareesh’s four-storey house. Life became miserable for Asha after she delivered the twins. Her mother-in-law Nellooramma and Hareesh were upset over the birth of girls. Lakshmi said the family started harassing and humiliating Asha. They even called the tw­ins “bad luck”. She alleged that Hareesh was a habitual gambler and lost Rs 7 lakh in IPL betting. He blamed the “bad luck” brought by his daughters for his loss.

Feds Say Former South Pittsburg Mayor Made Hundreds Of Thousands From Illegal Gambling

Officials of the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section say former South Pittsburg Mayor Mike Killian made hundreds of thousands of dollars from an illegal gambling operation that was operated over a 25-year time period. Prosecutors are asking that Killian be sentenced to between 12 and 18 months in federal prison and that he pay a fine of between $3,000 and $30,000. Attorney Lee Davis is asking probation or home confinement for Killian, who is due to be sentenced on Thursday morning by Federal Judge Curtis Collier. Barry Cole, who managed the Killian gambling operation, will be sentenced at the same time. Prosecutors said Killian “was the leader of a long-running and diverse illegal gambling business, from which he made hundreds of thousands of dollars in illicit gains while openly flouting state and federal law. The defendant’s conduct is all the more egregious given his position as Mayor of South Pittsburg from 2005 until 2012. Elected officials should be pillars of the community – individuals who respect the law and work tirelessly to benefit their constituents.

Former bank employee gets jail for stealing about $380k

A Whitehall woman could serve nearly two years in jail for stealing about $380,000 from a township bank. Kimberly Troxell, 48, was ordered Thursday to spend 111/2 to 23 months in Lehigh County Prison by Judge Kelly L. Banach. Troxell, a former manager at the Wells Fargo bank on Schadt Avenue in Whitehall, pleaded guilty in October to theft by unlawful taking, a felony, admitting she stole $379,540 from the bank between November 2012 and July 2013. Troxell has repaid the bank $20,000, according to Senior Deputy District Attorney Tonya Tharp. Banach ordered Troxell to pay the remaining $359,540 and made Troxell eligible for work release after she serves six months in jail. Troxell will spend five years on probation following her jail term. Tharp said Troxell had managed Well Fargo’s ATM machine and pocketed cash from it over the eight-month period. Tharp said the investigation revealed Troxell acted alone. Troxell’s attorney, Angelo Almonti, said Troxell developed a gambling problem that led to the thefts. He said she had been an employee at the bank for 15 years and the thefts were a “shock” to those who knew her as a “real stand-up citizen.”

Drug dealers launder illegal cash through gambling machines

Drug dealers and other criminals are using fixed odds betting machines in Cheltenham bookmakers to launder “dirty” money, the Echo can reveal. Staff at bookmakers in the town have been warned to watch out for customers plugging large sums of money into the electronic gambling machines before cashing out shortly afterwards and effectively “cleaning” their ill-gotten gains. However, some employees at a big-name bookies in the town said it did not pay to ask questions about where customers’ money came from. Dealers are known to feed drug money through the machines, losing some of it and then cashing out with the majority of their stake. They can collect a printed receipt which means if they are stopped by police they can explain why they are carrying large sums of cash. Staff at another bookmakers in the town centre said they were more vigilant against the practice. “We have been warned people do this as a way of laundering money,” he said. “If we see people cashing out straightaway, we give them back the notes they put in.”

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