Brief Look at Crime 10/11 – 10/25

Bookkeeper gets prison term for stealing more than $500,000

A former bookkeeper who stole more than $500,000 from her employer and lost most of it gambling at casinos is now headed to state prison. Monica Arencibia received a nine-year sentence Friday. The 51-year-old Dumont woman had pleaded guilty earlier this year to theft by deception, Bergen County prosecutors say the thefts occurred between September 2010 and June 2014, while Arencibia worked for a flooring company. They say she issued company checks to herself in her name, but made it appear that the money was going to pay vendors who supplied the company’s inventory.

Jericho Broker Pleads Guilty to $830K Insurance Scam

A Jericho insurance broker pleaded guilty to stealing a total of $829,963.53 in insurance premiums and other funds from clients to pay for his personal expenses, acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced Monday. Joseph Koch, 57, was arrested in Aug. 2012 after an investigation revealed that he was using insurance premiums, that he was supposed to forward to insurance companies on behalf of his clients, to pay for his Mercedes Benz, mortgage bills, country club membership fees, gambling trips and more, the DA’s office said. Koch pleaded guilty to second degree grand larceny and first degree scheme to defraud.

Western NY woman charged with stealing $260K from employer

Authorities say a 57-year-old western New York woman working as a bookkeeper for a Buffalo electrical contractor has been charged with stealing more than a quarter million dollars from her employer. Prosecutors say she embezzled over $260,000 while working for ECC Electrical Construction. Officials say she wrote checks to cover her credit card bills, to cover a loan, for computer purchases, for a down payment on a new SUV and to finance her gambling habit. Prosecutors say Joyce has a prior conviction for stealing from a previous employer.

Lauderdale County man accused of killing Deshler High School Coach in 2013

Jeremy Leshaun Williams has a hearing scheduled for 9:00 a.m. at the Lauderdale County Courthouse. Williams is charged with capital murder in the death of Brioni Rutland in November 2013. He’s accused of stabbing and shooting Rutland in 2013 then dumping his body into the Tennessee River. Divers found his body under the Old Railroad Bridge on November 29, 2013. Court documents said Williams told investigators Rutland came to his house to collect money Williams owed him for a gambling debt. Following a struggle in the home, Williams said he shot Rutland.

Financial adviser sentenced to 5 years for bilking disabled woman out of $400,000

Jodene Beaver has struggled with physical and mental impairments most of her 56 years. With a supportive family, and, until three years ago, a father in Upper Arlington who cared for her, she got by working as a grocery-store greeter and other jobs and lived on her own. But two months after Robert Yeamans died, Beaver put her complete trust in Jason Wade Cox, 39, a financial adviser her father had selected. And that’s when Cox promptly began to steal thousands of dollars, transferring funds out of the original account and into Beaver’s private checking account and then blowing much of it on gambling. Cox eventually would drain Beaver’s entire inheritance, and then urge her to sell her condo and move into a bedbug-infested apartment in Whitehall. Cox was sentenced on Thursday to five years in prison, three years supervised release and ordered to pay more than $412,000 in restitution. He pleaded guilty in July to charges of mail and wire fraud and money laundering.

Boca Raton man admits $3 million fraud

A Boca Raton man admitted Thursday that he bilked more than $3 million from investors and spent significant amounts of the money gambling at casinos and paying for personal items, court records show. Timothy R. Clancy, 46, pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud in federal court in West Palm Beach. Clancy, who is free on $100,000 bond, faces a maximum punishment of 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced, probably early next year. Clancy said he co-founded the investment company, ABD E&W Fund, L.P. , about 11 years ago but started taking money for his own use between 2007 and 2013. According to the plea agreement, he used the money “to gamble at various casinos,” pay his credit card bills and make cash withdrawals for his personal use. About 20 victims were affected, authorities said.

Village of Burnham sues accounting firms after former clerk’s $700K theft

The village of Burnham filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Cook County Court against firms O’Neill and Gaspardo LLC in Mokena and The Walker Group. Burnham officials said the village hired the firms to do annual audits of the town’s books but allegedly did not detect repeated thefts by clerk Nancy Dobrowski, who held the clerk’s office for more than three decades. Dobrowski, 71, faced federal charges of wire fraud and filing a false tax return in May 2014. Prosecutors said she altered the books to cover up her crimes and used the pilfered money to pay for gambling trips to Indiana. “The Village of Burnham hired these accounting firms to perform the City audits and part of their job was to find any fraud or misstatement in the Village’s finances,” Bruce said in a statement. “These accounting firms failed to do their job, which allowed Nancy Dobrowski’s theft to continue for years.”

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