Brief Look at Crime 02/02 – 02/08

Bank manager stole $500K

A former Westpac bank manager spent his first hours behind bars last night after pleading guilty to defrauding a customer out of more than $500,000. Darren Jason Arnold, 37, was charged with fraud and theft after WA Police carried out what they described as a “significant” arrest late last year.The major fraud squad had alleged Arnold carried out the thefts from Christmas Eve 2013 to March 31 last year, which equated to one count of gaining a benefit by fraud and nine counts of stealing as a servant. It is understood the money was used to service Arnold’s gambling with the TAB – and on his first appearance in court yesterday, he pleaded guilty to all the charges.

Bank worker ‘helped fiance steal £123,000 after being threatened with compromising photos’ 

A bank worker, who allegedly gave her fiance details of a wealthy customer so he could steal £123,000, claimed she was forced into it after someone threatened to reveal ‘compromising photos’ of her. Personal advisor Anisyah Ali, 24, passed confidential details to her husband-to-be Salim Hussain, 28, in the weeks leading up to their wedding in 2012, it was claimed at the Old Bailey. Following her arrest Ali, who worked at a branch in North Finchley, told officers she was forced to hand over the account details after her ‘gambling addict’ husband was threatened by two fraudsters, including Zain Hussain, 28.

Man who stole $34 million in Ponzi scheme given 25 years in prison 

A north suburban man who blew nearly $1 million at a Las Vegas casino while stealing millions of dollars from investors could spend the rest of his life behind bars after a federal judge sentenced him Thursday to 25 years in prison. Prosecutors said Daniel Spitzer, 55, of North Barrington, ran a Ponzi scheme over about six years, causing $34 million in losses to nearly 300 investors — including his brother-in-law. Spitzer pleaded guilty to 10 counts of mail fraud on the day he was to go to trial last July. “It’s horrifying what happened to these people, many who are elderly people who are left with absolutely nothing,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Madeleine Murphy said in arguing for a lengthy sentence.

Former officer at United Bank in Versailles pleads guilty to embezzling nearly $1 million

A former officer at United Bank in Versailles pleaded guilty Thursday to embezzling nearly $1 million. Joey Mills admitted that he took the money between February 2012 and January 2014 by issuing about 30 fictitious loans totaling $983,767, according to documents in federal court. Mills issued the loans in the names of five relatives. Many of the loans listed ownership interests in a company called Fiesta Auto Insurance as collateral, but those interests didn’t exist, according to court documents. Court records indicate that Mills has a gambling problem. He was required to remain in treatment for gambling as a condition of being released pending sentencing.

Ex-Navy SEAL faces up to 12 years for scheme that ensnared brothers in arms

A Navy SEAL who admitted he shattered the elite special force’s code of brotherhood by stealing from his brethren to finance his luxurious lifestyle and gambling faces up to 12 years in prison, not to mention the scorn of men who served with him but now consider him “the most repugnant scum on Earth.” Jason Mullaney, part of SEAL Team Five until 2003, convinced 11 SEAL team members and one civilian to invest a collective $1.2 million into his company, Trident Global Financial Holdings. Named after the Trident SEAL symbol, Mullaney said his company would award loans to credit-challenged small businesses and individuals for high interest rates, secured with assets that covered the principal and profit. Investors would receive back their investment plus a 24 percent profit within a year, Mullaney pledged.

Gambling fraud accused in court

Four men have appeared in the Wellington District Court today following a two-year investigation into an alleged $30 million fraud in the gambling sector. Prominent racing figures Michael Joseph O’Brien, Patrick Francis O’Brien, hospitality consultant Paul Anthony Max, and a fourth man whose name has been suppressed are facing more than 30 charges of obtaining by deception. Police detected the alleged offending during Operation Chestnut, a joint investigation involving the Department of Internal Affairs, the Serious Fraud Office, and the Organised and Financial Crime Agency of New Zealand.

Idaho woman sentenced for wire fraud 

A northern Idaho investment adviser who stole more than $800,000 from an 88-year-old woman has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for wire fraud. Sixty-three-year-old JoAnn Jackson of Coeur d’Alene received the sentence Tuesday. She pleaded guilty in November in federal court to two counts of wire fraud. Jackson has also been ordered to pay $811,000 in restitution. Jackson says she became a compulsive gambler as a way to escape from reality. She was a regular at the Coeur d’Alene Casino up to her indictment in August.

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