Daily Archives: September 15, 2015

Brief Look at Crime 09/07 – 09/13

Former Wright City School Superintendent Given Life Prison Term 

The former Wright City R-II superintendent likely will spend the rest of his life in prison for murdering a Springfield couple. Mark E. Porter, 54, of Ozark, pleaded guilty last week to two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of 60-year-old Gary Tyrrell and his wife, 61-year-old Jan Tyrrell. The Tyrrells were found dead in their home in May 2014 after relatives reported they had not been able to contact the couple. Gary Tyrrell had been shot twice, and Jan Tyrrell had been bludgeoned to death. Porter, a friend of the couple, agreed to two consecutive life terms and will avoid the death penalty as part of a plea agreement. Prosecutors said the murder was spurred by Porter’s gambling problem, according to published reports. he eventually told police he and his wife had a total debt of $250,000. That was the same amount Porter sought when he approached Gary Tyrrell for a loan, according to charging documents. Gary Tyrrell dealt in precious metals and gemstones and the couple’s home was filled with high-end items, police said. The couple and Porter were longtime friends and Porter was one of the few people allowed into their home.

State gaming control board fines SugarHouse, Parx, Harrah’s casinos $72,500

SugarHouse and two other Philadelphia-area casinos are being fined a total of $72,500 for violations that include mailing ads to people banned from casinos and giving a jackpot prize to the wrong person, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board announced Wednesday. SugarHouse is being fined $50,000 for allowing 11 people banned from casinos to get cash advances in 2013 and 2014. The people were on the Board’s self-exclusion list, meaning they had voluntarily banned themselves from all gaming establishments in order to tackle their gambling problems. ‘By law, casinos must establish procedures to deny self-excluded persons from receiving check cashing privileges and other similar benefits such as cash advances,” the Board said in a statement. “We respect the decision of the gaming board and have made changes to our procedures to help prevent recurrence,” said SugarHouse spokesman Jack Horner.

IRS Says Massachusetts Man Stole $515,000 for Gambling

A Massachusetts insurance salesman has been arrested for stealing over $500,000 from clients, money that a federal agent reported he used to feed a gambling habit. Paul Disidoro, 64, of Georgetown, was charged with attempting to evade income taxes. He was arraigned yesterday in U.S. District Court in Boston. Disidoro drew the attention of the Internal Revenue Service for evading taxes from 2007 to 2010. First licensed as an insurance provider in 1983, Disidoro had offices in Haverhill, Allston, and most recently his home in Georgetown. He also worked as a financial advisor, though he was not licensed, the IRS affidavit stated. An IRS agent found that Disidoro had embezzled $515,597 from three clients, however the IRS charges stem from the fact that that stolen money wasn’t claimed on his tax returns.

AHL player Paetsch gets home confinement in gambling ring 

A professional hockey player has been sentenced to eight months of home confinement for being part of an illegal sports betting business that took wagers from other players. Nathan Paetsch (paytch) also must perform 400 hours of community service and spend five years on probation following his sentencing Friday in federal court in Rochester. The 32-year-old accepted a plea agreement in June which also requires him to forfeit $265,000. Paetsch played the last three seasons in the American Hockey League. Before that, he spent part of five seasons with the National Hockey League’s Buffalo Sabres, through 2010. Authorities say he was involved with a gambling operation that took bets through offshore websites, placing wagers himself and receiving credit when he recruited fellow players and others to bet.

Police identify man killed in gambling dispute in Milwaukee 

Milwaukee police are investigating a fatal shooting they say erupted from a gambling dispute. A police statement says the 24-year-old male victim from Milwaukee had been gambling with a group in an alley around 8 p.m. Saturday when an argument broke out. During the argument, one subject shot the victim, who died at the scene. Police believe the victim and the subject knew each other. No arrests were immediately announced, and the victim’s name was not immediately released.

U.S. Fines Caesars $8 Million Over Money-Laundering Controls

The U.S. government has fined Caesars EntertainmentCorp’s bankrupt unit for having “severely deficient” anti-money-laundering controls at its Caesars Palace VIP rooms, which cater mainly to Chinese high-rollers. Caesars agreed to pay an $8 million civil penalty after admitting that it had openly allowed wealthy patrons to gamble anonymously in private rooms at its flagship casino in Las Vegas, the government said in a written statement Tuesday. The casino company also admitted it had failed to properly monitor transactions at international marketing offices in Hong Kong and elsewhere that recruited the players, according to the settlement with the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN.

The crackdown on casinos comes after FinCEN Director Jennifer Shasky Calvery warned those that operate overseas to be especially diligent bout customer cash. Of the 10 enforcement actions brought this year by FinCEN, which oversees the entire U.S. financial industry, three have been against casinos. “We definitely feel a special obligation” to monitor casinos, Ms. Calvery said in an interview. “We’re the only federal civil enforcement agency when it comes to casinos and anti-money laundering,” she said, adding that banks, for example, are accountable to multiple U.S. regulators.

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