A Brief Look at Crime 11/16 – 11/22

FBI ask the public to report illegal gambling

The Washington, D.C.-based casino industry lobbying group said Tuesday that it’s cooperating with the FBI in asking the public to use the Internet Crime Complaint Center to report illegal gambling activities. The complaint center, also referred to as the IC3, allows individuals to submit information to the FBI about suspected criminal activity fueled by the Internet. Those who fill out forms do not need to be victims of such crimes — the IC3 says it accepts reports from third parties, too. Geoff Freeman, the gaming association’s president, said his organization’s work with the FBI will allow it to make significant headway in its quest to stop illegal gambling. “In particular, the Internet Crime Complaint Center will be an invaluable tool for people in every state to report tips about the multi-billion dollar illegal gambling sector that preys on consumers, steals jobs and deprives state and local governments of revenues generated by the legal, regulated casino gaming industry,” Freeman said in a statement.

Prosecutor: 3 arrested for gambling after fatal shooting 

Authorities have identified the Jersey City man who they say was moved inside of a bodega by employees after he was fatally shot. Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said that 23-year-old Davonte Carswell  was shot around 1 p.m. on Sunday in Jersey City. She says police believe his body was moved inside of the Los Yoleros Mini Market Deli  by workers there. Three people inside the deli were arrested and charged with tampering with physical evidence and possession of gambling records. Suarez says police found a gambling operation inside of the business.

33 Indicted in Illegal Multi-Million Dollar Sports Betting Ring 

Thirty-three people have been indicted on charges in connection with a multi-million dollar sports betting operation in the Boston and South Shore area in Massachusetts, the Attorney General’s Office announced Friday afternoon. The people charged are accused of operating the sports gambling business that used an off-shore betting website to track bets. Officials say the suspected leader of the crime ring, 43-year-old John Woodman of Braintree, organized a network of more than 30 people to take illegal bets from more than 700 individuals in Massachusetts. Woodman was indicted on a variety of illegal gambling charges.

 Man caught after 10-store, 900-ticket lotto theft spree, police say 

An alleged lottery ticket thief was not lucky enough to get away with stealing 900 lottery tickets, let alone hit the potential $5 million jackpot, according to police. An investigation led police to arrest Andrew Miller, 20, of Scotch Plains, on Monday, and charge him with a slew of ticket thefts, said Springfield Township Det. Lt. Judd Levenson, the department’s spokesman. Miller was found in Scotch Plains on Monday at 12:30 p.m. after Springfield police determined he had stolen at least $2,000 worth of lottery tickets from 10 different stores in N.J., including three in Springfield, Levenson said Calling the case “unusual,” Levenson said in his past 29 years a detective, he had never seen anyone specialize in stealing lotto tickets. “If you hit the $5 million (top prize), that would be miraculous,” he said. “But in reality, if you steal a whole lot of rub-off tickets, if you made a couple bucks on each of these tickets, those tickets might be worth a couple thousand (dollars)… It’s a gamble, because you can steal ten tickets, and all ten of those tickets come up to be nothing.”

Albany business owner killed by gunfire stemming from possible illegal gambling operation

Police are investigating the early Thursday morning shooting death of an Albany business owner, and following leads that an illegal gambling operation may have been operated at that location. Lamar Parr Plaza, police officials say, when just after midnight. Thursday morning an unknown male knocked on the front door, asking to come inside. Witnesses told police that “words were exchanged” and Kerper refused entry to the man. According to police, the suspect returned a short time later, brandishing a gun and fired at least one shot through the glass front door of the business. Kerper was killed. Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards said that in addition to the ongoing homicide investigation, detectives are also looking at the possibility that an illegal gaming operation had been conducted at the address. “Ostensibly, the motive for the shooting was robbery,” Edwards said. “But there’s a second theory about a gambling operation.”

 Ex-Kingman employee accused of $300,000 theft 

Former city of Kingman budget analyst Diane Maxine Richards allegedly stole more than $300,000 from the city’s bank account, according to an affidavit obtained by the Kingman Daily Miner. The thefts were reportedly used to pay back cash advances she took out in Laughlin in order to gamble. Special agents with the state Attorney General and Department of Homeland Security served search warrants at City Hall and at Richards’ Kingman home Monday morning. She has been terminated, but it is unclear whether she has been formally charged with a crime. According to the affidavit in support of the search warrant signed by special agent Dilsher Ali with the Attorney General’s office, Richards allegedly committed the crimes of fraudulent schemes, computer tampering, money laundering, theft, and violating state laws regarding the duties and liabilities of custodians of public money.

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