A former LSU football tight end for the Tigers 2003 national championship team has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for his role in shooting at a Port Allen truck stop casino more than three years ago. Demetri Robinson pleaded guilty Aug. 18 to three counts of attempted second-degree murder in the Sept. 18, 2011, shooting at the Cajun Circus Casino. Prosecutors say Robinson shot a cashier then fired shots at two other employees after he was asked to leave the casino. Robinson entered the plea one day before he was to stand trial. The Advocate reports state District Judge Robin Free handed down the sentence Thursday. Fifty years is the maximum sentence for attempted second-degree murder, but Free set each count to be served concurrently.
A New Jersey woman’s claim that her mental illness, coupled with a gambling addiction, led her to steal more than $1.8 million from her Allentown employer did not sit well with the Lehigh County judge sentencing her on Thursday. Quigley’s psychiatrist argued that Quigley suffered from bouts of a dissociative disorder — where she said she did not know right from wrong — that began when she was physically abused as a child. “It’s impossible given the lengths you went to, to cover up your thievery,” Dantos said. The company only looked back six years into its finances when it discovered Quigley was stealing. That included Quigley writing 267 checks from the business, the judge said, to pay bills for her credit card, for her car payment and insurance. When the company began having financial difficulties and started to investigate, Quigley would direct attention to other departments, President James Weppler said. The company was circling the drain when officials figured out Quigley was the cause of the financial difficulties, Weppler said. “We’re a small company so when you take that amount of money … it just has a devastating effect,” Weppler said. “She’s a thief, a liar to us. This was a well-planned plan she had there.”
The former bookkeeper of an Allentown church admitted Monday that he embezzled more than $188,000 from the organization by forging church officials’ names on nearly 500 checks since 2007. Mark Suter, 59, said he used the money to pay medical expenses, because he did not have insurance, and to cover real estate costs and gambling debts. He said he did not realize how much money he stole, but promised to pay it all back. “I knew it was substantial,” he said. Suter, of Allentown, pleaded guilty before Lehigh County Judge Robert L. Steinberg to felony charges of theft and forgery. He will be sentenced next month and could serve more than two years in a state prison.
A woman who pleaded guilty to embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from 136 seniors at a nursing home was sentenced Monday to 28 months to 20 years in prison. “I would just like to say that I’m very sorry for what I’ve done, and I do have a gambling problem I have been getting help for,” said Tina Marie Binkley, 44, of Almont, “I’m not the same person who did that. I have a very supportive family, friends (and) church congregation, and I’m just sorry.” In January, Binkley pleaded guilty to embezzlement from vulnerable adults. At least one of the 136 victims in the case lost more than $20,000, according to the Michigan Attorney General’s Office. All victims lost at least $363. As part of her sentence, Binkley must pay the victims the $460,266 she was convicted of taking. That amount was determined following a forensic audit.
Arizona authorities say two caregivers have been sentenced for exploiting seniors. The state Attorney General’s Office says 69-year-old Indrani Gaston of Coconino County was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of fraudulent schemes and artifices. Prosecutors say Gaston admitted to stealing more than $363,000 from a 93-year-old man from 2009 to 2013 and gambling away the money. She’s been ordered to pay restitution to the victim and a bank. The AG’s Office says 66-year-old Pamela Williams of Cochise County pleaded guilty to one count of theft and financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult. She was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison and also ordered to pay restitution.
Three Florida men — including two from Tampa Bay — were convicted of running an international gambling enterprise that prosecutors say took more than $1 billion in illegal wagers. The men conspired with others to operate Internet and telephone gambling services, illegally soliciting and accepting sports bets, then laundering some of the money through various shell companies in Panama, according to a press statement from the U.S. Department of Justice. “In the age of the Internet, what used to be a crime conducted by bookies on street corners is now an international criminal enterprise,” Leslie Caldwell, assistant attorney general, said in the statement.
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