Brief Look at Crime 06/30 – 07/06

Ramsey bookkeeper charged with stealing $500,000 to feed gambling habit 

A Ramsey flooring company bookkeeper with a gambling habit systematically stole $500,000 over the past four years by forging the owner’s signature on checks that she noted as “Xmas Bonus,” “Med Expenses,” “Commission” and other purposes, authorities said. Monica Arencibia, 49, of Dumont was being held on $250,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail following her arrest earlier this week. Detective Brad Smith and Officer Michael Thormann found that Arencibia “would create a check through Quickbooks accounting program, assign the check to a vendor and would then issue the check in the name of ‘Monica Arencibia’ and then forge the owner’s signature, the chief said. She cashed most of the checks at a Columbia Bank branch, Gurney said. Several were also sent to pay personal bills and debts, he said. Most of the money, however, “was used in gambling activities at various area casinos,” Gurney said. Arencibia is charged with money laundering, theft by deception, computer theft and forgery.

Man found shot, killed on Indy’s near north side

A man was found shot and killed on the near north side of Indianapolis Friday morning, officials with IMPD confirm. Officers responded to the 1100 block of West 35th Street around 7:30 a.m., near Crown Hill Cemetery, after residents called saying someone had been shot inside a home. When police arrived they found an unresponsive man inside a house with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say they had been called to that area Thursday evening on reports of shots fired, but didn’t find anything. Homicide detectives were called to investigate Friday morning. Police say shell casings were found in the area and that investigators found narcotics inside of the home. Initials reports were that remnants of illegal gambling were also located.

Woman jailed for stealing $780,000 from family business

A woman who continued to steal from a family business even when the owner was terminally ill has been jailed for four years. County Court judge Gerard Mullaly said Prue Albon, 47, stole almost $780,000 when working for more than a decade as a bookkeeper at  building company, Longvue Homes, run by Ian Jenkins and his wife. Albon, 47, a married mother of two who pleaded guilty to charges of theft and obtaining property by deception, had become a vital part of the business when she began stealing to feed her gambling habit, the judge said when jailing her for four years with a non-parole period of two years.

 KY race car driver indicted on $15 million fraud charges

A former race car driver whose father went to prison for swindling investors has been indicted on charges that he ran a $15 million Ponzi scheme. Brian C. Rose is accused of running a scam that ripped off 164 investors in four states who thought they were investing in coal mines. Rose, 34, was arrested June 17 in Tennessee and indicted with eight co-defendants on charges of fraud and money laundering, The Courier-Journal reported Prosecutors say he used the money to buy racehorses, cars and took gambling trips to Las Vegas. The indictment said the younger Rose operated under the name John Hankins, and accepted money from unsuspecting investors that was similar to the methods used by his father, who pleaded guilty in 2009 to tax evasion and fraud. Rose, who began his NASCAR career in 2001 in its Craftsman Truck Series, was indefinitely suspended in 2003 for failing to take a drug test following an arrest in Kentucky.

Man Convicted of Shooting Player Over $5 Poker Hand

A North Carolina man has been convicted and sentenced to serve up to 60 months behind bars for shooting a fellow poker player over a $5 hand. Prentice Reaves was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury by a Columbus County jury on Tuesday. The incident began as a friendly poker game and quickly turned violent. “Reaves and the victim had been playing cards when a verbal altercation began over a $5 hand of poker,” a press release states. “During the trial, evidence showed that during the argument Reaves pulled out a handgun and shot the victim once in the abdomen before fleeing the scene. The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital where he underwent surgery and was hospitalized as a result of the injuries sustained from the gunshot.”

Albuquerque woman accused of stealing $400k from employer

A 65-year-old Albuquerque woman is accused of stealing nearly $400,000 from her employer, including forging more than 200 checks and paying $30,000 in mortgage payments via electronic transfers from her employer’s account. Police said Linda Herrera began the illegal activity in May 2009, five months into her job as bookkeeper for the McCall Organization, a group of several companies owned by the McCall family that includes a Moriarty hotel, an RV park, a realty firm and other businesses. Herrera made 37 electronic payments, totaling nearly $30,000, toward the mortgage on her Northwest Albuquerque home. She made out 19 unauthorized payroll checks to herself, totaling more than $27,000, by cutting an extra check in 19 pay periods. She forged at least 204 checks from the account of one of the organization’s hotels, totaling nearly $330,000. Apart from paying for her mortgage, it’s unclear what Herrera did with the money she allegedly stole. However, the complaint said many of Herrera’s cash ATM withdrawals happened at a local casino.

1 killed in robbery attempt near St. Louis casino

A man waiting for a party bus outside a St. Louis casino is killed after being shot in the back by a gunman who tried to rob him. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the victim, who was in his 20s, was approached at 1:47 a.m. outside Lumiere Place Casino and Hotel by a man who attempted to rob him before shooting him. The victim was pronounced dead at a local hospital. A woman in her mid-20s who was shot in the buttocks was taken to a hospital where she was listed in stable condition.

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