Brief Look at Crime 09/08 – 09/14

Remus woman sent to prison for gunning down gambling partner, lover

A 33-year-old Remus woman is heading to prison for up to 40 years for fatally shooting her 68-year-old lover. Clare County Circuit Judge Thomas R. Evans on Wednesday, Sept. 10, sentenced Oanh K. Bass to 15 to 40 years on a conviction of second-degree murder and two years for felony firearm. Bass was originally charged with open murder, which could have resulted in her being convicted of first-degree murder, requiring a sentence of life without parole. In a June 2013 preliminary examination, prosecutors played recordings of investigators’ interview with Bass. She told them she met Dennis at Soaring Eagle Casino in Mount Pleasant and that they subsequently became gambling buddies and sex partners, the Clare County Review reported. Bass told detectives she went to Dennis’ cabin hoping to end their relationship, but admitted bringing a loaded pistol with her, according to the report. “I just wanted it to end,” she told detectives, according to the report. “I just pointed and shot. I shut my eyes and pulled the trigger. He just laid there, and I went back to the casino.” 

Man shot dead on Sydney footpath revealed as high roller

A gambling high roller and suspected underworld criminal infamous for wagering more than $90 million at Australian casinos has been gunned down in a Sydney street while awaiting trial in Melbourne. Peter Tan Hoang, 36, was shot dead on Dunmore Street at Croydon Park in Sydney in the early hours of Sunday. Paramedics tried to save him after he was found on the footpath outside a house but he died at the scene. Mr Hoang, an orphaned Vietnamese refugee turned professional gambler, was a suspected underworld gambling figure. He was regarded as a “dead-set gambler” who was known to frequent not only Australia’s major casinos but also illegal gaming houses. He also went by the name Peter Minh Nguyen, police said. He was arrested at Melbourne’s Crown Casino carrying $1.5 million in cash in 2012 – alleged to have been the proceeds of crime – and was due to stand trial in Melbourne in August next year.

Crooked accountant jailed for cheating Gloucestershire charity out of more than £100,000 

Fox pleaded guilty to abusing his position as financial director to defraud Stroud based charity, Citizens Online, out of £100,800. The bankrupt 50-year-old was sentenced to eight months in prison at Gloucester Crown Court yesterday. Recorder Jim Tindal said: “This was an abuse of your position as a trusted financial advisor and you have left a charity in an extremely difficult position. You have also made the selfish decision to make yourself bankrupt so that you have no legal obligation to pay the charity back.” The court heard that Fox, previously of Chipping Campden, but now from Sidmouth Street in Reading, has a gambling addiction and was trying to recoup money he had lost. “The money taken was almost all of the charity’s reserves,” said Mr Kesner.

 One million slot machines seized at underground casinos in Russia over 5 years

About a million slot machines have been seized at underground casinos in Russia over the past five years, the Prosecutor General’s Office announced on Monday. Gambling, including at casinos, was banned in Russia on July 1, 2009, with the exception of four designated areas President Vladimir Putin signed a law in July setting up a gambling zone in Crimea and Sochi with its Winter Olympics venues. Since gambling was banned in 2009, over 100,000 facilities were inspected, according to the Prosecutor General’s Office. As a result, they closed over 70,000 illegal gambling facilities and 812 illegal casinos, and confiscated over 970,000 items of gambling equipment, the office said in a statement.Fines totaling more than 684 million rubles ($18.5 million) have been imposed on the heads of these facilities. Over 115 million rubles ($3.1 million) have been collected to the federal budget by court orders. Criminal proceedings were initiated in 1,664 cases.

Man arrested after baby left in car outside casino

Tunica County authorities say a man has been charged with child neglect after leaving his 1-year-old baby in a running vehicle while he was in a casino. WMC-TV reports that Martin Bass was arrested Tuesday afternoon and taken to the Tunica County jail. The Sheriff’s Department says the baby is fine, but may have been in the car for almost an hour. Investigators say the baby was found in the driver’s seat playing with the steering wheel while the car was running outside Bally’s casino in Tunica. Deputies say the Department of Human Services was notified after the father’s arrest. It was not immediately clear whether the child is in protective custody or staying with family members.

 Former Navy SEAL admits swindling other SEALs 

A former Navy SEAL has pleaded guilty to swindling 11 former and active-duty SEALs out of more than $1 milion. Jason Matthew Mullaney, 41, pleaded guilty Monday in San Diego County Superior Court to grand theft and fraud. Prosecutors allege that Mullaney promised the 11 investors returns of 24% from real estate and loan deals but instead used the money for a lavish lifestyle, including gambling trips to Las Vegas. He faces a sentence of six years and eight months to 12 years and eight months when he is sentenced Oct. 7.

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