Brief Look at Crime 06/22 – 06/28

Former Sabres player guilty in gambling ring

A former player for the Buffalo Sabres now admits his role in illegal offshore internet gambling websites. Prosecutors say Nathan Paetsch, 28, of Spencerport recruited professional hockey players and others to place bets, which entitled Paetsch to receive a cut of their winnings. Paetsch set up users with accounts, provided them with odds, credit limits and balances, made arrangements to pick up cash payments, and provided bank account information to conceal payments for gambling debts. For his role in the scheme, Paetsch will be sentenced in August to probation, eight months home confinement and 400 hours of community services. He will also have to forfeit $265,000, part of which will cover his interest in his homes in Spencerport and Naples, Florida, as well as a 2011 BMW.

Deputies: Mom left son in car for 8 hours while she went gambling 

A mother is accused of leaving her child in the car for eight hours while she went gambling. We’re told it happened at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack. Deputies say 34-year-old Nikki Jenkins-Fluitt left her 12-year-old son inside the car while she was inside gambling. She was arrested for endangering the welfare of a child. She was issued an appearance ticket and will be in Farmington Town Court on a later date.

$1M stolen from Masonic group; $240K spent on Grizzlies tickets 

A man accused of stealing from his employer spent $240,000 on Grizzlies tickets in just six months. That is just a fraction of the amount that investigators said Fredrick McWilliams stole from the Masons. According to investigators, the information technology specialist is accused of embezzling over $1 million between November 2014 and April 2015. A police report said that McWilliams wrote himself checks from the United Supreme Council 33 to an unauthorized PayPal account and debit card. He then bought the Grizzlies tickets and used some of the money to gamble.

367 dogs seized, 11 arrested in dog fighting ring

A federal and state investigation into dog fighting and gambling has resulted in the arrest of 12 people from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Texas. U.S. Attorney George Beck said Monday the 12 are charged with conducting an illegal gambling business and multiple dog fighting charges, including promoting dog fights. Additional defendants are being sought. Federal and state officers served search warrants Friday in simultaneous raids in Alabama and Georgia. They seized 367 pit bulls in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. They also seized more than $500,000 in cash.

A woman who stole $247K from TCAT to cover gambling debt

A woman convicted of stealing $247,000 from TCAT was sentenced Wednesday afternoon to 90 days in jail, 90 days of house arrest and five years of probation. Pamela Johnson was arrested last April after embezzling roughly $247,000 from TCAT when she wrote and cashed checks to feed her gambling addiction. She pled guilty to felony second-degree grand larceny as part of a plea deal and has paid back about $247,000 in restitution after selling some In a packed courtroom, two TCAT representatives spoke about the impact of Johnson’s actions on the company and the community. “The event shattered our funders, our community and trust in our organization,” said Alice Eccleston, TCAT’s acting general manager. “It will take many years for us to recover.” She said she made a purposeful error during an audit so she would get caught stealing because she could not fight her “compulsive addiction to gambling.”

Four of a family commit suicide due to gambling debts

Pushed by financial crisis, a four-member family, including two children, committed suicide at their home in Karatagi village of Koppal on Sunday. According to police, Nagaraj, 28, and his wife Yanamma, 25, gave poison to their children Soumya, 6, and Ashwin, 3, and then hanged themselves. Nagaraj, a hotel worker, had had taken loan from persons, police said.”It is learnt that he was seeking financial help from neighbours and relatives in recent days. As he could not get any money, he might have taken the extreme step,” said Karatagi Police sub inspector Ningappa NR. Villagers said Nagaraj had lost money in gambling. “He was also involved in minor theft cases in Gangavati taluk,” a villager said.

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