A Brief Look at Crime 02/01 – 02/07

Cuban national ordered held on $200,000 bond in Miami cop stabbing

A judge has raised the bond for a Cuban national who is accused of stabbing a Miami police officer who was working off duty at the Magic City Casino. Jose Carvajal-Lopez, 28, who remains at Jackson Memorial Hospital after being shot by the officer, has been ordered to be taken into custody and held in lieu of $200,000 bond. Carvajal-Lopez is charged with attempted second-degree murder of a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence. Police said casino staff requested help from officers just before 1 a.m. Thursday to remove a belligerent patron from the premises. During the confrontation, Officer Raul Perez and Carvajal-Lopez ended up wrestling on the floor, police said. According to an arrest report, Carvajal-Lopez appeared to be intoxicated and tried to stab Perez in the face and neck. The officer was stabbed once in the cheek and fired a single shot at Carvajal-Lopez before another officer could subdue the suspect, the report said.

Bookie Tied to Mob Found Dead 2 Days After Brooklyn DA Raids Home

A New Jersey bookie who suffered “panic attacks” over a loan he took from a Gambino crime family associate to help pay for his wife’s cancer treatment was found dead days after the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office searched his home, law enforcement sources said. The body of bookie Patrick Deluise was found with a gunshot wound in a car in Holmdel, N.J., at 2 a.m. Friday, according to sources. The Holmdel Township Police Department declined to comment on Deluise’s death, stating that it was an open investigation. However, sources said his death appears to be a suicide that occurred sometime between Thursday night and Friday morning. Two days before Deluise’s body was found, Brooklyn DA investigators had executed a search warrant on his property — the culmination of a 17-month probe of interstate gambling operations that also involved the Gambino associate, Anthony Vallario, according to court documents obtained by DNA info. Deluise was expected to be indicted on felony charges for running a $10 million gambling ring, according to the court documents, which are connected to a civil forfeiture proceeding.

Drugs, illegal gambling may be linked to pair of Flint slayings, police say

Drugs, illegal gambling may be linked to pair of Flint slayings,police say shortly after 5 p.m., police were called to the 3200 block of N. Saginaw St. where a man was shot in the abdomen. The victim was taken by ambulance to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. Without going into detail, Tolbert said it’s believed that incident stemmed from an argument over illegal gambling. A man was taken into custody in connection to the case, and charges are pending, according to a news release.

Edmonton fraudster stole nearly $260,000 from the emergency veterinarian clinic

An Edmonton woman who stole nearly $260,000 from the emergency veterinarian clinic she worked at to fuel her gambling addiction was put behind bars on Wednesday. Holly Jean Cardinal, 54, was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to theft over $5,000. Provincial Court Judge Steven Bilodeau ruled it was aggravating that the embezzlement went on for over a year and involved more than a quarter million dollars. Bilodeau called it “jarring” that the thefts continued even after Cardinal was given bail after being charged with defrauding $296,000 from her previous employer. The judge also noted that the thefts resulted in “all types of devastation” at the vet clinic, including causing “sleepless nights and psychological harm” to her bosses. “This was a grave offence with life-changing consequences to many law-abiding members of our community,” said Bilodeau, adding that employee theft is a “prevalent” offence that cannot be allowed to “become popular.”

Man embezzled $3 million from Apollo Oil 

A Winchester man accused of stealing more than $3 million from his former employer was sentenced Wednesday to a little more than four years in prison. Bradley E. Taylor, 38, must also pay back the money he embezzled over a 10-year period from Apollo Oil, a wholesale distributorship in Winchester. “I accept full responsibility for my actions,” Taylor told U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves in federal court in Lexington. As for Apollo, Taylor said he was “sorry for the financial pain and emotional suffering” he caused the company and its employees. Court documents say that Taylor used the money to sustain gambling, drug and alcohol addictions. In open court, Taylor said he had explained all that he had done to his son. “Hopefully, it will be a learning lesson for him,” Taylor said.

Long Island man gets 15 years in prison for $35M fraud 

A Long Island man was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison for a $35 million fraud that a judge said wrecked investors’ lives. Mikhail Zemlyansky, 39, was led out of a Manhattan courtroom in shackles after U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken sentenced the Hewlett resident a year after a jury convicted him of racketeering conspiracy and other charges at a month long trial. Prosecutors labeled him a leader in the largest single no-fault car insurance fraud scheme ever prosecuted. And they say two investment fraud schemes caused nearly 300 victims, some of them elderly, to lose about $17 million. In all, multiple frauds that included illegal gambling caused losses of nearly $36 million, prosecutors said.

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