Daily Archives: July 6, 2015

Brief Look at Crime 06/29 – 07/05

$2.75 Million Belonging To Phil Mickelson Tied To Illegal Online Gambling Case

Nearly $3 million belonging to golfer Phil Mickelson has been tied to a money laundering and illegal gambling case, according to reporting from ESPN. Mickelson, who is known to bet on sports in Las Vegas, has not been accused of any wrongdoing, but the man who he reportedly dealt with has pleaded guilty to laundering $2.75 million of Mickelson’s money. The implication is that Mickelson had wired the money to bet on sports, but the report didn’t state that explicitly. Gregory Silveira admitted to acting as a conduit for the offshore site and moving millions of dollars between separate bank accounts, the report said. The “gambling client”, which sources said was Mickelson, did business with Silveira between February 2010 and February 2013. Silveira faces decades in prison.

Bergen County Man Pleads Guilty To $2.2B Gambling Ring Involvement

A Bergen County man and high-ranking member of the Lucchese crime family has plead guilty to racketeering as a result of an investigation by the state Division of Criminal Justice called Operation Heat, authorities announced. Joseph M. Perna, 45, of Wyckoff, faces 10 years in state prison for allegedly running the day-to-day gambling operations of the entire Lucchese crime family’s enterprise, New Jersey Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman said. Authorities said the family ran an international criminal enterprise that conducted $2.2 billion in sports wagers in 15 months. Members often extorted individuals and used violence to collect debts, Hoffman said. Perna is one of six members of the New York-based Lucchese crime family who pleaded guilty to racketeering charges as a result of Operation Heat investigation, authorities said. The gambling operations involved “package holders” who brought in bets from a group of gamblers. Authorities estimate there were hundreds or “even thousands” of gamblers.

Financial adviser gets 25 years in $13M fraud

Minnesota investment adviser has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for defrauding investors of millions of dollars. Forty-two-year-old Sean Meadows of Eden Prairie was sentenced Friday in federal court in St. Paul. Prosecutors say Meadows used his financial planning and asset management firm, Meadows Financial Group to operate a Ponzi scheme that stole more than $13 million from at least 100 victims. KSTP-TV reports Meadows told investors he would use their money for legitimate investments and promised high rates of return. But instead, the government says he spent the money on himself. In court, the Star Tribune reports, Meadows blamed a gambling addiction and said he made “really, really awful choices.” But U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson said his apologies “don’t ring true.”

Chronic gambler stole €832k from clients while working as Canada Life agent in Dublin 

A chronic gambler who stole over €832,000 from clients while he worked in Dublin as a Canada Life agent has been jailed for four and a half years. Martin Reilly (59) convinced 18 of his clients, including a priest, to take money out of their existing Canada Life insurance policies and reinvest in other company products that didn’t exist. The grandfather-of-two instead put the money into an EBS account under his own name. Reilly, with an address at West Side Estates, Togher, Cork, affirmed signed pleas of guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to 80 counts of stealing money from clients between 2002 and 2011. He has no previous convictions. Detective Garda Niamh Seberry told John Quirke BL, prosecuting, that Canada Life had reimbursed all the victims and was at a loss of €1.2 million between repayments and compensation. The company terminated Reilly’s job and he confessed to having a gambling addiction at an arranged meeting with his former employer. Reilly admitted gambling the money he stole and produced a list of the clients involved.

Nevada woman sentenced for stealing $336K 

Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Nevada, Mo., woman was sentenced in federal court today for a bank fraud scheme in which she embezzled more than $336,000 from her employer and failed to pay taxes on the stolen money. Patricia Culbertson, 52, of Nevada, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips to two years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Culbertson to pay $412,022 in restitution to the business and to the government. Culbertson worked for Barrington Manufacturing Corporation (a subsidiary of Hammond Sheet Metal) as a book keeper from June 2009 until she was suspended on June 24, 2014. Her fraud scheme began within six months of being hired. Culbertson admitted that she forged the company owner’s signature on checks from the company’s bank account without authorization in order to cover her gambling debts and for other personal expenses.

Ice addict granted $270,000 in loans under victims’ names struggled with debt

A former ice addict who stole the identities of car dealership customers to apply for loans to help fund a gambling addiction was struggling to pay off a large debt to a bikie, an Adelaide court has heard. Wayne Douglas Carnell, 29, pleaded guilty to a raft of charges, including deception and dishonestly dealing with documents in 2013 and 2014. Prosecutor Charles Wright said Carnell, when he worked at City Mazda at Hindmarsh, stole the drivers licence and Medicare card details of 16 service department customers. He used their details to apply for loans from various financial institutions, with most of the money stolen from GE Personal Finance. Mr Wright said Carnell gained about $270,000, which had not been recovered, and attempted to steal about a further $420,000. He said Carnell spent more than $23,000 on three items of jewellery, including a $9,000 watch and a wedding ring, and the rest was used gambling.

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