Brief Look at Crime 07/07 – 07/13

Murder suspect allegedly admits to illegal gambling

A man who allegedly confessed to shooting Michael Gillam Saturday night at a business on N. Olive Street also allegedly admitted to being a part of an underground gambling ring. South Bend Police say illegal gambling is one of the most underreported crimes in the city. “It’s a problem as old as the books,” said Captain Phil Trent of the South Bend Police Department. Trent says it has been a problem in Michiana for decades. “It still exists and it still runs higher than normal risks,” said Trent. Police say cards and dice are the preferred games of the underground gambling world. “When it’s not organized and there’s no security things can get out of hand pretty quickly and people can get hurt,” said Trent. Trent says robberies are a major part of the underground gambling community, but unless some one is badly hurt or killed–most of them go unreported. 

Man gets 25 years to life for murder of wife

Los Angeles County man has been sentenced to 25 years to life for killing his wife, whose body was left in a trunk at a casino parking lot. A district attorney’s statement says 62-year-old Tomas (Toh-MAHS’) Rodriguez Infante received the maximum sentence Tuesday after his conviction last month for first-degree murder. Prosecutors say Infante stabbed and beat his wife, Charita Tolentino, at their West Covina home in January of last year, then left her body in the trunk of her car in the Hawaiian Gardens Casino parking lot. 

Janesville man sentenced for stealing $1.8 million

A Janesville man convicted of stealing $1.8 million from his employer was sentenced this week to 2½ years in prison, and the  judge said he couldn’t remember a bigger theft in Rock County in 30 years. Steven R. Stoikes, 44, used to work for Butters-Fetting, a contractor in Janesville specializing in mechanical and electrical work. Over a period of seven years, he would order more copper tubing than was needed for jobs, and then cut up the excess and sell it for scrap, prosecutors said. O’Leary asked that Stoikes be sentenced to three years in prison, because Stoikes visited a casino more than 500 times from 2006 to 2012, where he wagered about $24 million and lost more than $3 million. Public defender Walt Isaacson recommended that Stoikes be sentenced to jail time and probation, noting that his client has been getting treatment for a gambling addiction.

Ex-cop admits he stole, gambled away $469K from his employer 

A former police officer and attorney was sentenced Wednesday to six months in jail after he admitted to embezzling $469,000 from his employer and spending it on gambling, prosecutors said. Wayne M. Fong, 51, of Tustin was also ordered to pay $309,000 in restitution. He pleaded guilty to seven counts of grand theft and five counts of money laundering, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office said. Fong, a former police officer in New York, was an attorney in California from 1992 until 2012, when he was disbarred by the California Supreme Court for the embezzlement.

Gamblers kill Papua police officer (Indonesia) 

Police officer Brig. Asriadi was stabbed and killed as he tried to disperse a gambling group at Youtefa Market in Abepura, Jayapura on Wednesday. Asriadi, a member of the Tanah Hitam Police precinct’s motorcycle unit, and his colleague Brig. Samsul Huda, who attended the scene, were reportedly stoned and chased by around 100 gamblers. The officers fled and attempted to hide in a kiosk at the market. “But unfortunately, Asriadi fell down and was mobbed and stabbed by the gamblers,” said Herman, a trader at the market. Samsul, who tried to help Asriadi, was also stabbed. The gamblers grabbed Samsul’s weapon and ammunition before fleeing the scene. Samsul was rushed to Bhayangkara Police Hospital. Papua Police spokesman Snr. Comr. Pudjo Sulistyo said police were still searching for the gamblers that stole the police weapon. Pudjo added that a man was found dead near the gambling venue. “We are still identifying the victim and the cause of the death.”

Police say Bronx pair left 5-year-old alone at Mohegan Sun casino

A pair of Bronx, N.Y., residents are due to appear in a Norwich court later this month on charges they left a 5-year-old child alone at the Mohegan Sun casino hotel. Hong T. Hguyen, 37, and Nghia N. Bui, 38, were each charged Monday with leaving a child under the age of 12 unsupervised. Mohegan Tribal Police said the 5-year-old was discovered by a casino patron in an elevator. Police said they determined the child was left alone in the hotel for a prolonged period of time. The relationship between the child and the two Bronx residents is unclear. Free on a $500 cash bond, Hguyen and Bui are due to appear July 17 in Norwich Superior Court.

Fraudster and gambler who stole $230,000 left with 96 cents

A WENDOUREE fraudster who stole $230,000 from two Ballarat men on Thursday pleaded guilty to three charges of obtaining financial gain by deception. Hwee Boon Sim, 45, set up fake business deals to secure money to fund his gambling addiction, a County Court sitting in Ballarat heard. Crown prosecutor Patrick Bourke said Sim lured both victims into a motel partnership, getting both to deposit $100,000 into his bank account during a series of transactions in October and November 2013. The court heard Sim provided fraudulent documents from Resort Brokers Australia to convince the victims as part of the elaborate heist. One victim was also duped into transferring $30,000 to Sim for a share in an illegitimate wine company.

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