Brief Look at Crime 01/13 – 01/19

Mother ‘used daughter’s disability checks to party at casinos months before her 3-year-old starved to death on filthy floor’

A Philadelphia mother allowed her 3-year-old daughter to starve to death while she stole her disability checks to spend the money at casinos and nightclubs. Nathalyz Rivera, who suffered from an undiagnosed genetic condition that left her partially blind and unable to walk or talk, starved to death in September. The child died in her father’s bug-ridden home, as her mother, Carmen Ramirez, 27, abandoned her to spend more time with her new boyfriend. The West Oak Lane home was so filthy that police wore Hazmat suits when they went inside, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Ramirez told police she had not seen the child much and had been spending her nights at nightclubs and casinos. Ramirez has been charged with third-degree murder and three counts of felony theft, while the father, Carlos Rivera, 30, has been charged with first-degree murder.

Morgan Stanley Employee Gambled Away Millions of Bank’s Funds, Strangled Wife

A former product controller at Morgan Stanley was terminated by the company after losing millions of dollars due to an “accounting error”.  Investigators also believe Manas Kapoor, 35, strangled his wife to death the same day he was to attend a disciplinary hearing. Kapoor admitted he was £8,000 in debt and was borrowing from friends and family to support his gambling addiction. His 35-year-old wife, Shivani Kapoor, was found dead last July at their home in Northwood, Middlesex, England.  Shivani reportedly confronted her husband over his gambling losses. A hearing is currently being held to determine the former product controller’s fate.  Kapoor denies he murdered his wife, claiming she suffered from frequent blackouts and accidently fell and hit her head, resulting in death two days later.

Nevada Gaming Control Board Files 18-Page Complaint Against Cantor Gaming

The Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGC) has filed an 18-page complaint against Cantor Gaming following a lengthy investigation.  A former director of the company was indicted by US law enforcement in late 2012 for his role in an illegal sports betting venture and pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy this past summer. Colbert, 33, entered his plea in federal court in New York after the U.S. attorney’s office took over the case, according to court records. Colbert was alleged to have assisted a New York-based gambling operation in placing illegal bets through “runners”, according to court documents.  Pinnacle Sports, one of the largest offshore betting firms, was also natmed in the complaint.  Three of its co-founders were arrested but have since been set free. The former sportsbook director had worked for Cantor Gaming for four years and was fired after his arrest. The board calls for disciplinary action against Cantor by the Nevada Gaming Commission, including fines for each of the 18 counts and possible suspension or revocation of the company’s gaming license.  

40 People Arrested Over Illegal Gambling, Cockfighting in Bogor

District police in Bogor hauled in 40 people after raiding an illegal cockfighting and gambling den, an officer said on Friday. The raid took place late on Thursday afternoon, with the police storming a sprawling compound in Bojongjengkol village, located in the Ciampea subdistrict. “We took 35 men and five women into custody after the raid,” Adj. Sr. Comr. Asep Safrudinl, the head of the Bogor district police, said. “We confiscated 48 motorcycles, 21 cars, 14 fighting cocks, [several] cell phones and Rp 5 million [$410] in cash.” Asep said that local residents tipped off the police about suspicious closed-door events occurring in the area. The compound, located on a back road, was surrounded by a three meter-high wall. Two cockfighting rings were housed under a roofed area roughly the size of a tennis court, and a large, luxurious house lay between the gate of the enclosure and the rings. The blog details the operations of the farm, ranging from the sales of different breeds of fighter cocks to the owner’s, identified by police as K.A., cockfighting experiences in Bangkok. Police said K.A. was running the gambling ring since November. Didik said that the bets ranged from Rp 200,000 to Rp 5 million, and that the cockfights were held four times a week.

Montana man gets life for killing Illinois man

A Billings man was sentenced to life in prison Friday for kidnapping and killing an Illinois man who was shot in the head and beaten with a shovel until it broke, his body later stashed in a culvert along a rural road. Simon Elliot Jacobson, 29, will not be eligible for parole under the terms of the sentence from state District Judge Gregory Todd. Todd noted that Jacobson’s criminal record dates to when he was a teenager, with the only interruptions to that “life of crime” coming during his frequent periods of incarceration. Jacobson and an accomplice posed as FBI agents to kidnap Dejuan Laster of Rockford, Ill., and his girlfriend from their Billings motel room on Jan. 17, 2013. After robbing Laster of $8,000, they freed his girlfriend and drove to a remote area outside Billings where Jacobson killed Laster and hid his body in a culvert. Jacobson was arrested in Denver on Jan. 21, 2012. Besides the charges stemming from Laster’s death, he was also charged with a string of 11 casino robberies in Billings and Livingston. He pleaded guilty in June to kidnapping, homicide and robbery charges.

Blast in illegal gambling hall in China kills 14

An explosion Monday at an illegal gambling hall in a village in southern China killed 14 people and injured seven others, state media report. The blast struck at around 2:30 p.m. (0630 GMT) outside the city of Kaili in the poor southern province of Guizhou, the official People’s Daily newspaper and Xinhua News Agency said. While the cause of the explosion officially remains under investigation, police believe it was set deliberately and are treating the incident as a crime, People’s Daily said. Gambling is illegal in China and such operations are mostly connected to organized crime. Guns are strictly controlled, making homemade bombs the weapon of choice.

Dad is arrested for leaving kids inside truck at Seminole Hard Rock Casino

A father who reportedly left his two kids in his truck on Sunday while he went inside the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood is facing neglect charges. Wells was arrested for leaving his three month and year-an-a-half old toddler in his truck.  Seminole police were sent to the casino’s garage on Winner’s Way after receiving a call that two children were inside a vehicle. When they arrived, they found the children inside a white Ford F-350 on the 8th floor of the garage. The windows were barely cracked. Police said the children, , were belted into car seats: there was no food or water within reach. According to the police report, the temperatures were in the low 80s, but it was about to get noticeably cooler with the setting sun. A DVD player playing a movie had been set up in the center console. Security personnel at the casino told police the children had been alone in the truck for at least an hour, the infant screaming and crying.

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