Brief Look at Crime 03/17 – 03/23

Man shot by Las Vegas police had fake gun

The man shot by Las Vegas police last week confronted officers with a fake gun, police said Monday. Jason Mahe, 29, was shot seven times in the parking lot of Dotty’s Casino near Rancho and Vegas drives during the late-night confrontation, according to police. He remained in critical condition at University Medical Center. The incident began when officers were called about about a man and a woman trying to pass counterfeit money in a 7-Eleven across the street from Dotty’s, Undersheriff Jim Dixon said at a press conference. Police found Mahe inside Dotty’s and took him to the parking lot, where he tried to run away, Dixon said. An officer grabbed him, and the two began to struggle over the gun in Mahe’s waistband, police said. Mahe escaped, and the officers took cover while Mahe ran between two cars, ignoring officers’ commands to drop the weapon, Dixon said. When Mahe turned around and tried to pull the gun from his waistband, three officers shot him from about 15 feet away, police said. Dixon said there is no way for officers to notice the difference between a fake gun from a real gun upon first glance.

$100k gambling chip stolen

Two men have been charged over the theft of a $100,000 gambling chip from a high-roller room at Crown Perth. Crown is understood to be reviewing its procedures in the wake of the theft, which is believed to have taken place in the casino’s VIP, high-stakes venue the Pearl Room. A WA Police spokeswoman said the matter was reported  to police by casino staff on January 24. As part of their investigation, Kensington detectives executed a search warrant at a Gosnells house on Saturday and two men were arrested later. A 53-year-old Gosnells man was charged with stealing and a 24-year-old man, also from Gosnells, was charged with receiving. Both are due to appear in Perth Magistrate’s Court on March 25. A source told  _The West  _ _Australian  _the $100,000 chip was stolen from a dealer’s chip tray in the members-only room. The missing chip was not found at the Gosnells property but is understood to have been recovered at the casino when a woman tried to cash it in at the Crown complex.

Conway man pleads guilty to bank fraud

The owner of a private photography school in western Massachusetts has pleaded guilty to using $2.6 million of the school’s money to buy a home, clothes and for gambling. George J. Rosa III, owner and president of the Hallmark Institute of Photography in Turners Falls, pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to bank fraud and tax evasion. Prosecutors say Rosa, of Conway, used the money for construction at his personal residence, gambling, and approximately $55,000 on clothing, footwear, and accessories. Rosa disguised the expenses by reconfiguring them on the company’s books as proper business expenses. Rosa also used the company’s altered books as a basis to file false income tax returns for himself and the company.

After fight over husband’s gambling, couple ends life

A married couple committed suicide by consuming poison after a vicious fight over the husband’s drinking and gambling habits in Baheri tehsil of this district. Police claimed that the husband, Rajeev,30, first consumed a small quantity of poison to scare his wife after she started quarreling with him over his vices on Sunday night. When his condition started deteriorating, his wife Bhanumati followed suit and drank a large amount of poison, which immediately affected her, police said. The couple’s family members rushed them to hospital on Monday morning, where the wife was declared brought dead by doctors while Rajeev was referred to a private nursing home. He too, succumbed, later in the night. Bhanumati’s in-laws hurriedly performed her last rites without informing the police.

Bayern Munich President Evaded $18.5 Mil in Taxes: Used Money for Gambling

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness stunned a German court on Monday by admitting he had evaded taxes of 18.5 million euros ($26 million) using a secret Swiss bank account – more than five times the amount on a prosecutors’ charge sheet. Once one of Germany’s most admired managers, Hoeness apologised and appealed for leniency at the start of a trial in a case that shocked Germany and prompted other tax dodgers to turn themselves in. Hoeness told the court he used his secret account for more than 50,000 speculative trades in financial markets such as foreign exchange and derivatives from 2001 to 2010. He said he lost a million euros between 2003 and 2009. “It was always clear to me that the account was mainly for gambling,” he said. “It was a real kick, pure adrenaline. I lost track of it all. Everything was a real mess in the end.”

Former Upper Gwynedd Fire Co. Treasurer Pleads Guilty to Embezzling

The former treasurer of a Montgomery County, Pa. fire company has admitted in court that he stole more than $200,000 over a period of several years. Ronald Kenneth Nolan pleaded guilty to felony charges that include theft and unauthorized use of a credit card.  Prosecutors say the 62-year-old Skippack, Pa. man embezzled the money from the Upper Gwynedd Fire Company using two credit cards and by writing cash advances to himself. They say he used the money to pay for personal expenses, fuel a gambling habit, and to pay for his daughter’s wedding. Prosecutor Laura Adshead says she plans to ask for a state prison sentence. “This is a very serious theft,” she tells KYW Newsradio.  “It lasted for a long period of time, where he was defrauding the fire company when they had placed him in a position of trust.” Nolan could spend more than 20 years behind bars.  He spent 24 years as the fire company’s treasurer and two decades as the township’s fire marshal.

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