Brief Look at Crime 04/20 – 05/03

Blanchard Man Accused Of Gunning Down Wife Will Stand Trial

There is a new ruling for a Blanchard man accused of taking his wife’s life because of her alleged gambling problem. The case has a community in shock. For nearly the past year authorities have been gathering information to build a case against Larry Keeler. Keeler is accused of killing his wife inside the family business, and Tuesday afternoon a judge decided that case is strong enough to move forward. The name has changed, but everyone still remembers what happened when the place was known as Gator’s Deli. A trial date has yet to be set. News 9 also spoke with the Keeler’s son. He had no comment at this time.

Carer jailed for killing frail man over gambling row 

Chef Andrew Harvey, 34, battered gambling-addict Christopher Gilruth to death after hearing he had lost all the money put aside to pay the electricity bill for their Edinburgh home. Harvey, who was Mr Gilruth’s carer, launched a violent attack causing 33 injuries to his face, head and body by punching. Harvey, who was originally charged with murder, pled guilty to the reduced charge of culpable homicide. He repeatedly punched Mr Gilruth who fell and struck his head.

Four to plead guilty in illegal Vegas sports betting case, forfeit $4.3 million

A top Las Vegas sports bettor and his family have struck deals with the government to plead guilty in a long-running investigation of a multimillion-dollar illegal betting operation. The family’s now-defunct company that ran the betting operation, Lycur, is pleading guilty to a felony charge of transmission of wagering information. All of the defendants have agreed to forfeit $4.3 million of the $13.2 million the government seized from them in 2013. In June a grand jury charged Cobb with the felony of conducting an illegal gambling business. He and his family members also were charged with another felony, conspiring to unlawfully structure $2.6 million in casino and bank transactions to hide money from the IRS.

United Nations says online gambling to blame for increase in match-fixing

Speaking at the UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Doha, Qatar, UNODC exec director *Yury Fedotov* said match-fixing was “an issue of public trust” that required ‘tailor-made legislative responses and effective investigative powers.” The UNODC and ICSS plan to expand their existing efforts with “a particular focus on capacity building and the development of technical tools.” The UNODC believes match-fixing can be “linked to the rise of online gambling, which increased the number of people with direct economic interest in sport competition.” The UNODC says illegal sports betting and match-fixing “have grown into a huge transnational business worth billions of dollars.”

Ky. attorney pleads guilty to stealing $750K from clients 

A Boone County lawyer pleaded guilty to charges that that he stole and gambled $750,000 from clients. John Arnett, 67, of Union, entered a blind plea Friday in the Boone County circuit court to 12 counts of theft. He is also accused of forging court documents and bank statements to conceal the theft. Arnett is a Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law graduate who has been practicing for more than 30 years. The Boone County Sheriff’s Office said the case came to light when Arnett could not pay $82,389.62 to a couple in December 2013, and he was jailed by Boone County Family Court Judge Linda Bramlage for contempt of court.

Finance boss swindled employer out of £735k to pay off gambling debts 

A COMPANY finance boss siphoned off almost three-quarters of a million pounds from his employer into his bank accounts to fund his gambling addiction. Stephen Barrett, of Hollis Close, Witney, took £735,108 from the Grove lighting company where he worked over eight years, but was caught out by his assistant while he was on holiday. Barrett earned £60,000 a year, but had been taking money out of four company accounts and paying fake invoices from a fictitious supplier into his own accounts. Mr Du Feu said: “The gambling has taken a terrible toll and with internet gambling it is so easy. He is absolutely ashamed.”

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