Brief Look at Crime 12/07 – 12/13

Plainville Woman Admits Stealing From Farmington Co.

Plainville woman pleaded guilty this week to embezzling $247,000 from her employer in Farmington. Kathleen Williams, 64, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a single count of second-degree larceny. She admitted to writing 188 company checks to herself between 2011 and 2014 when she worked as an accountant for Sarjac Partners LLC, a property management company. Williams’ thefts were discovered when she was on leave from the company for a medical issue, prosecutor Rick Rubino told Hartford Superior Court Judge Carl E. Taylor.Williams admitted to police that she stole money and said she used it for household expenses and her mortgage. Farmington police also learned that Williams lost $274,405 at the Mohegan Sun casino between 2012 and 2014, according to the warrant for her arrest.

Ex-teachers’ union official gets house arrest in $180K theft

The former treasurer of a suburban Pittsburgh teachers’ union will spend a year on house arrest and must repay $180,000 he stole from the organization. Maritz confessed to keeping members’ dues and to stealing the money by writing 157 checks to himself since June 2010. Maritz acknowledged being a pathological gambler who blew the money at casinos and on lottery tickets. Maritz has taken a sabbatical from his job, and the district says it can’t otherwise comment on his employment status.

Ex-treasurer for Fraternal Order of Police repays $306,000 

Federal prosecutors say a former Tulsa police officer who once served as treasurer of state and local Fraternal Order of Police chapters has paid more than $306,000 in restitution and fines since her guilty plea earlier this year. Lorna Jean Vanlandingham pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud and was sentenced in June to 33 months in prison. Federal prosecutors in Tulsa said Tuesday that Vanlandingham has repaid $306,577.24. According to court records, Vanlandingham admitted embezzling money from the state and Tulsa chapters of the Fraternal Order of the Police. During her sentencing, she apologized for her actions and blamed a gambling addiction.

US Attorney in Florida indicts BetOnline payment processing ring

Federal authorities in Florida have indicted three men for illegally
processing financial transactions with international online gambling
sites, including Panama-based *BetOnline. In an indictment filed in July but which only recently surfaced online, the US Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division accused *David Stewart*, *Jason Neiman* and *Tom Freeborn *of wire and bank fraud, illegal money transmitting, money laundering and conspiracy for their dealings with a number of online gambling sites based outside the US. The conspirators are believed to have processed $4.2m in payments between January 2013 and November 2014 for a number of online sports betting, casino and poker sites, but BetOnline was the only site specifically identified in the indictment.

Gary man charged in attempted shooting of casino security guard: police

A 33-year-old Gary man is being held without bail on felony charges stemming from an incident Monday at Majestic Star Casinos. Jessie Small, of 359 Fillmore St., was charged Wednesday with intimidation, criminal recklessness and pointing a firearm, court records show. A security guard at the casino told Detective Sgt. William Fazekas that Small pointed a handgun “six inches from his face” and pulled the trigger, but the semiautomatic didn’t fire, according to court documents. As the guard attempted to speak the man later identified as Small, Small became loud, balled up his fist and said, “I’m going to kill you and everyone in the casino,” the affidavit states. Small then allegedly removed a handgun from the waistband of his face and pointed it at the guard. When the gun didn’t fire, the guard tackled Small, handcuffed him and called police.

Accountant stole $100K from 100-year-old woman

Authorities say a suburban Philadelphia accountant stole over $100,000 from her 100-year-old client to support a gambling habit. Jeanne Swain, of Yardley, faces charges including theft and receiving stolen property. The 58-year-old’s son alerted authorities after spotting checks that seemed suspicious, including some written to Parx Casino in Bensalem. She’s accused of writing $116,667.33 in unauthorized checks. Prosecutors say the money went to her rent, her ex-husband’s rent and insurance. The district attorney says Swain’s accounts showed she lost nearly $300,000 from gambling over five years.

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