Brief Look at Crime 01/26 – 02/01

Police: 2 dead, 1 wounded in west side Detroit shooting

Shooters killed a man and a woman and critically injured another woman Sunday night at a house on Detroit’s west side that police said appears to be the site of illegal gambling operations. The shooting happened about 9:20 p.m., at a house on the 12000 block of Coyle Street, south of I-96 and north of Plymouth Road. The two dead haven’t been identified, and the injured woman hasn’t been able to communicate much with investigators, police said. The shooting happened about 9:20 p.m., at a house on the 12000 block of Coyle Street, south of I-96 and north of Plymouth Road. The two dead haven’t been identified, and the injured woman hasn’t been able to communicate much with investigators, police said.

Executive stole $725,000 from B.C. First Nation to cover her gambling debts

A 51-year-old woman has been ordered by a British Columbia judge to serve a conditional sentence in the community for stealing almost $725,000 in federal government funds to cover gambling debts. Theresa McCook, a former executive director of the Kwadacha First Nation, had already pleaded guilty to theft over $5,000 when she was sentenced in provincial court in Prince George on Thursday. The court heard that for over a year McCook invoiced the federal government for programs that were never offered. Judge Michael Brecknell says the scheme fell apart in May 2010 when the band’s chief pointed out to auditors a suspicious cheque. Brecknell says McCook must serve a two-year conditional sentence, three years of probation, and must pay $716,000 in restitution starting in 2020.

Caesars Accused in Lawsuit of Trying to Buy Bank Lenders’ Votes

Caesars Entertainment Corp., which has been gathering support for a plan backed by Leon Black’s Apollo Global Management LLC, was accused by bank lenders of trying to buy their votes and subverting bankruptcy law. The lenders, including GSO Capital Partners LP, Silver Point Capital LP and BlackRock Financial Management Inc., asked a judge to bar the casino company from handing out fees to obtain votes, according to a court filing in Wilmington, Delaware Friday. They own about $2.9 billion of Caesars’ most senior debt, they said. Detailing the “improper” offer, the lenders said they were offered a $150 million fee to consent to the company’s proposed refinancing, along with opportunities to buy new convertible notes issued by the healthier parent company and take cash from the bankrupt company. In return, they said they were asked to back a pact hammered out with supporting creditors outside of court and not yet filed as part of a Chapter 11 case. “Defendants are attempting to subvert the plan and disclosure statement process,” the lenders told the judge in the filing. The result would be “direct and irreparable harm” to the company’s most senior lenders, and all others who aren’t part of the selective pact, they said.

Ellington Woman Who Stole $1.7 Million From Law Firm Faces New Charge

An Ellington woman who stole $1.7 million from the South Windsor law firm where she worked as a paralegal and served about 40 months in federal prison for the crime has been arrested again, this time on a charge of stealing from a Glastonbury hair salon where she worked as a receptionist. According to the warrant for her arrest, Meehan is suspected of stealing as much as $40,000 in cash from The Image Company Hair Salon, where she worked from September 2013 until her termination on Sept. 29, 2014. After noticing the thefts, the salon’s owner installed cameras. The cameras, according to the warrant, allowed the salon owner to document $2,400 in thefts, or about $200 each day Meehan worked. Of the $1.7 million she stole from the Berman & Russo law firm in South Windsor between August 2003 and May 2007, $1.4 million went to cover cash advances taken at various casinos, according to the government.

Ex-girlfriend testifies against Pennsylvania man accused of killing, burying 2

A man charged in the 2002 strangulation deaths of a northeastern Pennsylvania pharmacist and the pharmacist’s girlfriend spent or deposited more than $150,000 that year even though he had no job, his ex-girlfriend testified Monday. Hugo Selenski blew thousands of dollars on gambling trips to Atlantic City; bought an SUV, motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle; paid girlfriend Christina Strom’s credit card bills; bought her diamond jewelry, and helped her buy a house and furnish it, Strom told a jury at Selenski’s homicide trial.

Indictment: Bookkeeper stole about $500,000 from business 

A bookkeeper who allegedly stole about $500,000 from a northern New Jersey flooring company has been indicted on money laundering charges. Prosecutors say the 50-year-old Dumont woman stole the money between September 2010 and June 2014. She allegedly issued company checks to herself in her name, but made it appear that the money was going to pay vendors who supplied the company’s inventory. Prosecutors say Arencibia used most of the stolen money to gamble at casinos. Arencibia remains jailed on $250,000 bail.

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