A gambling-addicted staffer at The Housing Trust in Wollongong ploughed more than $21 million into the pokies at Wests Illawarra, Collegians and Star City Casino, after secretly siphoning funds from her employer, Port Kembla Local Court has heard. Lalaine Agtarap, 50, of Figtree, used her job as a data entry clerk and administration officer to steal more than $3.79 million from the social housing organisation in 245 illegal transactions between November, 2006 and April, 2013, according to a draft set of facts tendered during committal proceedings on Wednesday. Agtarap disputes the amount stolen, but has admitted to thefts totalling more than $2.8 million and pleaded guilty to a charge of stealing property as a clerk/servant. According to a 12-page statement of admissions, Agtarap changed the data on The Housing Trust’s online banking system so payments intended for internal transfer, or transfer to a third party, flowed to her bank account.
Former police Lt. Randy Emery, who retired in February from the Frankfort Police Department, pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing nearly $150,000 in cash from a private company. He was given a three-year sentence, all of it suspended to probation with Indiana Department of Correction, and he was ordered to pay $110,000 in restitution. Emery had been hired by Good Oil Co. to transport cash deposits from the BP gas station at Interstate 65 and Indiana 28 to Regions Bank, court documents state. The off-duty officer kept picking up the money, but at some point he stopped depositing it at the bank. Emery said during the hearing Tuesday that he used the money to support a gambling addiction for which he’s since sought help, the Frankfort Times reported.
A mother accused of leaving two toddlers in a car while she gambled at a Northern California casino is facing child endangerment charges. The car was parked across the street from the casino at a business where one of the employees spotted the children. “When we arrived, one of the children was crying. The windows were partially cracked,” Rebiejo told KTVU-TV. “She was parked in the shade and there were blankets covering the windows.” Nget was found in the card room and arrested. Police said the children were in the car for about 30 minutes.
Authorities are investigating a robbery at Caesars Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City where reportedly more than $180,000 was stolen. State Police confirm to Action News that a robbery took place at the casino around 6:20 a.m. Monday, but have not released any further information. According to the Press of Atlantic City, which obtained a flier on the incident, two masked men entered Caesars Atlantic City, with one brandishing a gun. The flier said the suspects fled with two cash boxes containing $181,200 in cash.
Janice M. Nieman stole the identities of more people than could fit in Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Glenn Yamahiro’s courtroom on Friday. The total: 848, the largest number of victims in a single defendant case in Milwaukee County history. For embezzling more than $1 million from Wheaton Franciscan Services, a not-for-profit health services organization where she was a payroll specialist, Nieman will serve seven years in prison, according to a sentence imposed Friday by Yamahiro. Yamahiro also sentenced Nieman, 50, to seven years of probation and ordered her to pay restitution of $1,229,393 to Wheaton Franciscan. Nieman, who said she used the money to fuel a gambling addiction, initially faced four felony charges — three counts of theft over $10,000 and one count of identity theft for an embezzlement scheme dating back to 2004. One of the three theft-over-$10,000 charges was dropped in return for her guilty plea in March.
The one-time chairman of a Louisville-based charity and the former director of a dental business have pleaded guilty to federal charges of diverting $1.1 million from the Woodcock Foundation over a four-year period. Charles Muir and his wife, Diana Muir, of Louisville entered the pleas in federal court in Louisville on Thursday. Charles Muir once ran the Woodcock Foundation, which has given scholarship money to college students for the past 50 years. He and Diana Muir admitted to illegally transferring funds through a dental business, then later withdrawing some of the money at ATMs in an Indiana casino.
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