Brief Look at Crime 03/24 – 03/30

Harry Reid may be implicated in online gambling corruption investigation

Harry Reid, the United States Senate Majority Leader from Nevada, could be implicated in a corruption investigation that is taking a look at state politicians and online gambling interests, according to Davis County District Attorney Troy Rawlings and Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill – as reported by ABC News on Thursday.  The Utah officials claim the evidence in the investigation relates to suspect financial transactions including campaign contributions to state – as well as federal politicians – which is where Sen. Harry Reid’s name comes up in the investigation.  When looking at federal-level officials like Sen. Harry Reid, Rawlings suggests that the United States Department of Justice get involved with the investigation.  Rawlings said that the federal government basically should look at their own – to look at allegations of conduct or misconduct involving this federal official.  Gill agreed totally.  He says there could possibly be an innocent explanation for the evidence that has cropped up, but he says there could also be a more sinister explanation.  According to Gill, that’s what needs to be figured out.  Both Rawlings and Gill took over the investigation two years ago. Utah Attorney General John Swallow was the first to face allegations of corruption, and he resigned his state position last November – after not having been in his elected position for even a year.  When it comes to Harry Reid, Rawlings and Gill are disappointed that the Department of Justice declined to take on the investigation last year – even though local officials consider the allegations to be very serious.

Fraudster Jonathan Revill stole £19m from employer and gambled away £5m

An IT manager who defrauded his employers of nearly £19m to fund a gambling addiction only has assets worth £600,000 left. Leeds Crown Court heard today financial confiscation proceedings against Revill had been agreed and will involve the sale of the home in Huddersfield for which he paid £500,000 in cash. Revill’s benefit from criminal activity was recorded at £18,976,602.63 with his realisable assets set at £608,909.61. Mehran Nassiri prosecuting asked for that figure to be confiscated and paid in compensation to Revill’s employers GDF Suez Ltd. It was agreed that Revill be given six months to pay some of that figure £515,000 from the property in Marsh Lane, Shiply and £21,000 from an investment in Turkey. The rest has already been seized or consent forms signed which the financial officers can realise.

Mandalay Bay agrees to $500K fine

The Mandalay Bay Resort plans to pay a half-million-dollar fine after employees at an upscale Las Vegas Strip lounge provided prostitutes and drugs to undercover officers. The Nevada Gaming Control Board filed a proposed settlement with the casino this week. It’s awaiting approval by the Nevada Gaming Commission. Authorities say undercover officers bought cocaine, ecstasy and other drugs from employees of the House of Blues Foundation Room over the summer of 2012. Officials say employees also connected officers with four prostitutes and a private room for sex. The sting caught 10 employees and five non-employees engaging in this kind of illegal activity. Two have been arrested, according to Gaming Control Board Enforcement Chief Karl Bennison , and more arrests may be in the works. The arrests were delayed to avoid disruption to the operation.

One dead in double shooting in St. Louis

One person was killed and another injured Saturday in a shooting in the St. Louis neighborhood of Gravois Park, according to city police. Police said both men were gambling with several other people in the rear of a building in the 3500 block of Pennsylvania Avenue about 5:40 p.m. when a gunman approached from the alley and began shooting at the group. The gunman then ran from the area. Police identified the dead man as Clem Russell, 19, of the 4100 block of Humphrey Street. He died of gunshot wounds to his back and shoulder. The injured victim, 20, had gunshot wounds to his shoulder. His condition was not available but police said he was stable at a hospital. Both men were transported by private vehicle to the hospital, where Russell was pronounced dead.

Bank Employee Who Stole Thousands From Elderly Customers Sentenced

A former bank employee was sentenced today for stealing money from the accounts of elderly customers, according to a U.S. Department of Justice release. Bartlesville resident Patricia L. Swearingin, 67, was convicted of stealing from 23 elderly customers by using her position as a Savings Officer at Osage Federal Bank. The bank is now named American Heritage Bank. She was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Tulsa to one year and one month in federal prison for stealing a total of $147,466.30. In December 2013 she pleaded guilty to misapplying funds. Swearingin withdrew funds from bank accounts owned by elderly people between November 2007 and November 2010. She would then cash a check forged in the customer’s name while telling a drive-through teller that the customer was waiting in her office for the money. The release states that she would sometimes deposit the cash in her personal account but would often spend it on gambling.

25-year-old Hacked to Death after Gambling Row

A 25-year-old man was hacked to death by a  gang allegedly led by a local Congress functionary. The incident was reported at Tsunami Nagar, Semmenchery, on Sunday night. The deceased was identified as Mohan (25), a painter and the husband of Shankari. The couple has a four-month-old daughter and they were residents of Fifth Avenue at Tsunami Nagar. Police said Mohan was returning home after work at around 11 pm, when an armed six-member gang dragged him to a secluded lane near his residence where they hacked him until he collapsed. Hearing his cries, his wife and neighbours rushed to his rescue only to find him in a pool of blood. “The victim had sustained multiple cut injuries on his head, chest and abdomen and had died on the spot,” Semmenchery Inspector Sivakumar said.

 

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