Brief Look at Crime 06/15 – 06/21

Operation Rock Bottom leads to 8 arrests for sports betting

The 10-month long investigation focused on Internet off-shore gambling websites and high-interest street loans. Investigators started the operation to crack down on mob operated gambling and loan sharking operations in New Jersey, Florida, New York, and Pennsylvania. Investigators have seized illegal gambling records, over $750,000, and computers. The seizures were carried out with multiple warrants issued in Rockland, Bergen County, New Jersey; Fort Lauderdale and Orange County, Florida; Franklin Square, New York; and Matamoras Pennsylvania. All eight have been accused of collecting bets, as well as offering loans with 25 percent interest rates on a weekly or bi-weekly payment basis and pressuring the borrower. The gaming website provided players and sports bettors with a user name and password to place bets on football, basketball and other events, according to Rockland Prosecutor Dominic Crispino.

Bibb Sheriff: Gambling likely cause of Majestic Court Murder

Bibb County Sheriff David Davis says a Thursday night shooting that left a Macon teen dead, may have been a gambling bet gone wrong. 19-year-old andrew Sims was shot in the chest on Majestic Court and taken to the hospital where he later died. Two others were also shot. 32-year-old Demario Shinholster and a 16-year-old boy are listed in stable condition at the Medical Center, Navicent Health. 21-year-old Gabriel Palmer was hit by a car said to have been involved in the incident. “We think it had to do with some illegal business that these individuals were engaged in, some gambling maybe even drugs and so that’s sort of the root cause or foundation of conflict that sort of brought on this shooting last night,” Sheriff Davis says.

Gambler in Toledo Sports Bribery Gets 70-Month Prison Term

A rogue Detroit gambler who bribed players to fix the results of University of Toledo games was sentenced to nearly six years in prison Tuesday for corrupting college sports and committing other crimes. U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith said he would reluctantly accept a sweeping plea deal that capped Ghazi “Gary” Manni’s prison sentence at 70 months. “He was the prime actor in those conspiracies,” the judge said. “The result of his actions was not simply to degrade those sport or athletic events. He also ended up destroying the careers of the people he bribed, the athletes at the University of Toledo and at least one jockey.” Manni, 58, admits bribing players at the Ohio school from 2004 to 2006 to influence the final score, especially in basketball. A court filing lists more than $300,000 in bets, but the government said there were more.

Caesars Interactive Fined $15K For Online Gambling Violation 

New Jersey casino regulators have fined the local Internet gambling arm of Caesars Entertainment $15,000 for soliciting gamblers who signed up for a self-exclusion list that is supposed to prevent them from betting. The state’s Gaming Enforcement Division disclosed the fine Tuesday against Caesars Interactive Entertainment New Jersey. The state charged in April that the company allowed self-excluded gamblers to create Internet gambling accounts and allowed five of them to actually place online bets. It also claimed Caesars sent marketing material to 231 self-excluded gamblers, soliciting their business. The company paid a $10,000 fine for a similar infraction last year.

New Orleans Couple Leaves Disabled Daughter In Hot Car For Hours While Gambling Inside Casino

A New Orleans couple is in hot water for leaving their disabled daughter in a hot, parked car while they gambled inside a casino for hours. According to NOLA.com, Paula Jackson, 62, and William Jackson, 71, were arrested on Sunday, June 13 after her 24-year-old daughter was discovered inside the car. The couple reportedly arrived at the Treasure Chest Casino in Kenner, LA at approximately 9:15. Paula’s daughter was in the backseat of the van. It has been reported that her daughter’s condition is the result of traumatic brain injury. She cannot speak and is completely dependent on caretakers.

Switzerland: 53 possible money-laundering cases in FIFA probe 

Banks in Switzerland have reported 53 possible acts of money-laundering in the investigation of FIFA’s 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests, the country’s attorney-general said Wednesday Michael Lauber said the “suspicious bank relations” were filed to comply with Switzerland’s regulations against money laundering. The federal prosecutor described a “huge and complex” case which targets “criminal mismanagement and money-laundering” in the bidding contests which sent the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar.

Council officer defrauds ratepayers to fund $2 million gambling spree at Adelaide Casino

A COUNCIL officer defrauded ratepayers to contribute to a $2 million gambling spree at the Adelaide Casino, a court has heard. * The District Court today heard Bronwyn Jayne Warren, 54, had siphoned the cash and gambled at Skycity Casino while on work trips for Roxby Downs Council. The court heard the total amount gambled the casino, which had set her up with a platinum card, was about $2 million but that was the “total turnover”, which included replaying with her winnings.

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