Brief Look at Crime 10/20 – 10/26

Woman accused of concealing 6 dead babies

The woman charged with concealing six infants was just in court last month being sentenced on fraud charges. Andrea Giesbrecht, 40, has been charged with six counts of concealing bodies of infants and breaching probation after the bodies were found in a U-Haul storage locker on Monday afternoon. At a sentencing hearing on Sept. 30, court heard Giesbrecht has a gambling problem and marriage problems.  The Crown also said Giesbrecht had a good upbringing, had “great” relationship with her parents and family members – including her husband – were aware of her addiction. That addiction had been going on for 14 years. The Crown called the crime “despicable.” The defence said Giesbrecht wanted to pay the money back and she was “always going to make the slot machine come through for me.” The defence said Giesbrecht didn’t have much money and she works at Tim Hortons. Her parents were also gamblers and their home had liens on it. 

Ex-Treasurer Stole $3M From Company

Federal prosecutors say the former treasurer of a Houston-based health care system embezzled nearly $3 million that was used for private jet travel, gambling in Las Vegas and to pay off credit card bills. Prosecutors announced Thursday that 41-year-old Joseph S. Antonucci of Houston pleaded guilty to charges that include 15 counts of wire fraud. They say from 2007 to 2012 Antonucci embezzled from the company’s bank accounts. Authorities said in a statement that he admitted to unauthorized transfers and withdrawals from the accounts to himself. He created false financial documents that concealed his actions. Some of the stolen money also was used for a down payment on his home.

Ex-county analyst sentenced to prison in insurance scheme

A former Clark County human resources analyst was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison Thursday in a scheme to steal $827,445 from an auto insurance company.nErik Holman, 49, also was ordered to pay back the money to American Family Insurance and serve three years of supervised release after prison. U.S. District Judge James Mahan gave him until Jan. 23 to surrender to federal prison authorities. In March a federal jury found Holman guilty of one conspiracy count and 14 wire fraud counts in the insurance scheme, which occurred between October 2005 and April 2009. He worked for Clark County for roughly 12 years until his felony conviction. Holman maintained his innocence to the end, telling Mahan Thursday that he was betrayed by Provost, who had a massive gambling addiction, and knew nothing about the scheme.

Kids left in car while dad gambles at casino

A Mesa father doing some early morning gambling at a Valley casino on Wednesday was arrested after leaving his two toddlers unattended inside a vehicle for nearly two hours, authorities say. Salt River police arrested Gregory T. Devereux, 29, at Talking Stick Resort near Scottsdale after a casino bike-patrol officer found Devereux’s two children in a car in the casino’s parking garage, police records said. A 2-year-old and 3-year-old had been in the car for about two hours while Devereux and his girlfriend were on the main floor of the casino, records said. The Arizona Department of Child Safety were called to the scene and took custody of the children.

Edmonton fraudster repeatedly remortgaged his parents’ home

An Edmonton fraudster who repeatedly remortgaged his parents’ home by pretending to be his father for a total of more than $1 million was blasted by a judge Wednesday. “You put your selfish self-interest ahead of your parents,” said Day. “What you subjected your parents to almost leaves me speechless.” The judge also told the cocaine and gambling addict that he should reflect on what he did to his “loving and supporting” parents while he is behind bars. “The hell you put your parents through. Never forget that and spend the rest of your life making amends to them.” Defence lawyer Dan Chivers told court Guapo was addicted to cocaine and gambling and said all of the fraudulently-obtained money went to casinos. He added Guapo is banned from all casinos and has taken counselling.

Williamsport Company Charged with Money Laundering Charges

The state attorney general’s office filed a money laundering charge against a Williamsport company that was allegedly operating video gambling games in five counties. Prosecutors said Pennsylvania Coin maintained illegal gambling devices in 180 businesses in Luzerne, Lackawanna, Susquehanna, Wayne, and Wyoming Counties. As part of a plea agreement, the Williamsport company will end up shelling out about $1.4 million in fines and payments and 288 seized gambling machines.

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