Brief Look at Crime 08/04 – 08/10

Quadruple shooting result of illegal gambling house 

KSN is learning new information about why police say four men were shot at a Wichita apartment complex Thursday. It happened at 4 a.m. at the Calvary Tower Apartments. Investigators believe they have uncovered evidence that the scene of the shooting was an illegal gambling house. They say three men lost money while participating in some type of gambling game. They became upset and left the apartment complex. They later returned, forcing their way inside inside to get their money back. That’s when the suspects began shooting up the apartment. Police believe they have the right people in custody.

Gambling loss leads to triple shooting near 12th and Ring

Milwaukee police are investigating a shooting that left three people injured near N. 12th and Ring streets. Investigators say the shooting happened around 11:30 p.m. August 12 after the victims and suspect were gambling outside of a home. The suspect had been losing and left the scene, but later returned with a gun and demanded his money back.  The victims refused and the suspect started firing, injuring two men, ages 20 and 36, and a 26-year-old woman, according to police. The victims’ injuries are non-life threatening and the alleged shooter is in police custody. 

5 accused of laundering money through casino slots

Five Kansas residents are accused of trafficking in marijuana and laundering the profits through slot machines at a Kansas City, Kansas, casino. U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom says a federal indictment handed down on Wednesday alleges the defendants laundered more than $200,000 in cash by depositing the money into slot machines and then cashing out without playing. The investigation began after the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission contacted the Kansas Bureau of Investigation about suspicious activity at Hollywood Casino. Prosecutors say the defendants were seen depositing large amounts of money in small denominations into the machines, cashing out and redeeming ticket vouchers without making wagers.

Holden woman charged with embezzling nearly $1 million 

A Holden woman is to enter a plea in federal court to an accusation that she stole almost $1 million of her in-laws’ money, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court.  Chiao Fang Ku, 46, of Holden, is facing a charge of wire fraud in federal court. The government filed the charge in June, records show.  The in-laws moved from New Jersey to Holden to be closer to their family, including their grandchildren, in October 2008. They sold their home in New Jersey and placed the sale money in a bank account. Authorities accuse Ms. Ku of stealing money from May 2008 to July 2013. She is accused of using the money to pay for credit cards, online gambling and other personal expenses. In total she is accused of stealing more than $950,000, federal records show.

Trial date set for ex-cop, former utility supervisor who allegedly stole $855,000

The couple accused of stealing $855,000 from their ex-employer, South Whitehall Township, are headed to trial this fall in Lehigh County Court. Judge Robert Steinberg during an afternoon hearing scheduled the trial of 70-year-old William Tonkin IV, who served as a South Whitehall police officer, and Nancy A. Tonkin, a 67-year-old former township utilities supervisor, for Dec. 1. The Tonkins, who are free on bail, were charged in May 2013 with stealing $855,000 from South Whitehall between 1999 and 2012. They employed an elaborate embezzlement scheme to skim township residents’ utility payments, authorities say. The couple allegedly used the stolen money to cover their living expenses and fuel a gambling habit. A grand jury report indicates the couple regularly visited Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem and other casinos in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Md. nanny pleads to stealing $400K from employer

A nanny who stole more than $400,000 from the family that employed her has pleaded guilty to mail fraud and identity theft. Federal prosecutors in Greenbelt say that 50-year-old Kadiatu Sahid Kamara (kah-dee-AH’-too sah-HEED’ kuh-MAH’-ruh) of Gaithersburg stole the money over a two-year-period by writing herself checks off the family’s bank account and forging the victims’ signatures. Kamara admitted during a plea hearing Monday that between May 2011 and May 2013, she wrote nearly 120 checks to herself totaling more than $430,000. She admitted using the money to buy a house in Africa and take gambling trips to the casino in Charles Town, West Virginia.

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