Brief Look at Crime 01/05 – 01/11

Disbarred Cedar Rapids lawyer to serve 4 years in federal prison for fraud 

A federal judge Tuesday sentenced a Cedar Rapids disbarred lawyer, who stole thousands from clients for gambling, to the most prison time allowed, saying it was “outrageous” that she hadn’t paid a “dime to restitution” pending this hearing. Hense pleaded in October to one count of wire fraud. During the plea hearing, she admitted to devising a scheme to defraud 14 clients by telling them their money would be held in a client trust account on their behalf from December 2009 through Dec. 27, 2012. Hense also admitted that she intended to steal a portion of each client’s money.

WSOF executive Shawn Lampman sentenced to ten months in federal prison

World Series of Fighting executive Shawn Lampman has been sentenced to ten months in federal prison for a tax conviction.  On Monday afternoon, a U.S. District Judge sentenced World Series of Fighting executive Shawn Lampman to ten months of federal prison for a tax conviction. The 49-year-old Lampman, who is a former real estate developer as well as an executive for the North American MMA promotion, pleaded guilty last year to one misdemeanor of not filing a tax return in 2007. Lampman confirmed that he had earned more than $7 million that year alone. The article also notes that his lawyer blamed his misdemeanour on Lampman’s ‘gambling addiction’ and ‘substance abuse.’ This is not the first time that Lampman has made headlines. In a detailed analysis of the WSOF executive’s background, Brent Brookhouse revealed that in 2007 Lampman was on the “board of a homeowner’s association and was accused of taking money from the association account.”

Charges: Woman Swindled From Employer To Fund Gambling Habit 

A 49-year-old Inver Grove Heights woman is accused of swindling money from her employer to support a gambling addiction, according to charges filed Wednesday in Dakota County Court. According to the charges, law enforcement spoke with a company executive in Burnsville about an employee theft. Hardgrave had worked as a dispatcher for the company since 2001 and in April 2014, the executive noticed that an inordinate number of voided tickets and checks had been altered by her.Hardgrave admitted the thefts to police and told them how she was able to steal the money over the years. She said the $150,000 stolen over the years was to fund her gambling addiction.

Former CSI Worker Charged in Embezzlement

A former College of Southern Idaho employee has been charged with grand theft after allegedly embezzling money from the school. Dawn Marie Orr, 41, of Twin Falls, is accused of five felony counts. She allegedly stole $530,556.29 from the college over five years, court documents say. “She said, ‘I took some money from the college, and I have so much guilt that I cannot live with it any longer.'” Orr, who was Mason’s assistant, said she had a gambling problem. She said she exchanged checks for cash from the safe and overstated third-party billings. She said she took $50,000 to $100,000 over a couple of years. But court records say she stole more than $530,000 from fiscal years 2010 to 2014.

State-led gambling busts lead to forfeiture, selective prosecutions

On Wednesday, January 7, Central Georgia’s NBC affiliate — Macon’s WMGT-TV– reported that the Bibb County Sheriff’s Department will be the beneficiary of a check given by David Cooke, the district attorney in Bibb County. The money is from a $175,000 settlement via ‘forfeiture’ from one of the Macon gas stations involved in a large gambling raid which occurred in November 2014. Eleven Macon-Bibb convenience stores were raided and six people were arrested. The June 2014 arrest originated from a search warrant which was executed at a suspected gambling house in Albany. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation raided a poker game at the former Riverhouse Restaurant on Lake Chehaw. The scale of the arrest was so large that District Attorney Greg Edwards recused himself from prosecuting the case. A special prosecutor had been named for the recent high-profile gambling case involving former Albany mayor Willie Adams, businessman Robert “Bob” Brooks and 12 others. Statements from those arrested noted the game had been ongoing for years. Authorities note that in Georgia, wagering money on golf and small card game betting is by law considered gambling and therefore illegal.

Three sentenced for stealing $1.3 million from store 

Three former employees of a Western New York card store were sentenced Thursday for stealing nearly $1.3 million from the business. David Woods, Anthony Martone and Aaron Hollars received three years, six months and six years in prison respectively for stealing the money from Dave and Adam’s Card World. Prosecutors say Hollars stole the most money and Martone stole the least. Hollars told Erie County Court Judge Ken Case that he has a gambling addiction. In addition to their prison sentences, the three men must also repay the money they stole.

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