A Brief Look at Crime 03/07 – 03/13

Man fatally shot former co-worker at Reno casino

Officials say they have arrested the former casino cook accused of fatally shooting a co-worker as the two had a snack at a sleepy downtown Reno, Nev., casino. The shooting at Siri’s Casino happened just before midnight Sunday. Casino owner Jeff Siri said the two men had been cooks at a nearby sister property, although neither was on the job during the confrontation. Grayson is a former employee who stopped coming to work a few days ago, he said. Siri said he was told by witnesses that the men were eating at a snack bar toward the back of the casino with at least one other person, who was walking away as the shooting happened. “The employee that got shot pushed (the shooter) with his cane, and that’s when he pulled the gun out, within seconds. It was really fast,” Siri said.

Man arrested, accused of fatal shooting in illegal game room 

A man accused of ambushing an illegal gambling hall and killing someone inside is now in custody. The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office says that on January 27, 46-year-old Ramon Salazar Jr. fatally shot a man several times in a mobile home that was converted into an eight liner game room in the southwest part of the county. They say Salazar Jr. and another masked man got away but they were able to capture the two on surveillance video. After releasing the footage, tips poured in from the public. “The Sheriff’s Office would really like to thank the public, because this is obviously a very dangerous individual that otherwise would be on the streets right now,” said Rosanne Hughes, a BCSO spokesperson. Salazar Jr. will be facing a capital murder charge. Hughes said more arrests are expected.

Imprisoned ex-Nevada judge banned from returning to bench 

An imprisoned former Las Vegas-area family court judge has been banned from ever returning to the bench. The Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline declared Tuesday that it was closing a “sad chapter in the history of the Nevada judiciary” with its order banishing the longtime ex-judge, Steven Jones. The Las Vegas Sun reports he eight-page order branded Jones a liar and a thief and said he manipulated the legal system. Jones is now in a federal prison in Taft, California. He pleaded guilty in late 2014 to federal fraud charges and was sentenced to 26 months and ordered to pay $2.9 million in restitution to dozens of victims in a water rights investment scheme. Prosecutors said Jones and others spent the money on gambling and their own living expenses.

Home health care provider pleads guilty to $856K tax evasion 

A Basehor, Kan., business owner pleaded guilty Wednesday to failing to pay more than $856,000 in federal taxes. Elizabeth Lucero owned Sunshine Home Health Care, which employed about 65 employees and served 1,400 patients. Between 2007 and 2011, the company withheld payments from employee’s paychecks for federal income taxes, Medicare and Social Security. However, the home health care provider failed to make the necessary payments to the Internal Revenue Service. According to court documents, Lucero ignored her accountant’s advice and used the company to pay for hundreds of thousands of dollars of personal expenses, including gambling at casinos and buying a $50,000 Cadillac Escalade. Lucero will pay a restitution of $856,784. She faces up to five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.

Boca Raton man who bilked $3M, spent it at casinos is sentenced to prison

 

A Boca Raton man who admitted he bilked about $3 million from investors and spent large amounts of the money gambling at casinos was sentenced Wednesday to 61/2 years in federal prison. Timothy R. Clancy, 46, who was a licensed securities broker and a financial adviser, pleaded guilty to mail fraud last year in federal court in West Palm Beach. The defense said Clancy was depressed and addicted to alcohol, drugs and gambling for many years. They said he repeatedly sought treatment. They said he diverted a “significant portion” of the money he took from about 20 investors and blew it at casinos. The defense said he “voluntarily signed a ban excluding himself from all South Florida casinos operated by the Seminole Indian Tribe” in November 2013, in addition to going into rehab several times.

Police look for answers in death of grandmother who was fatally struck by casino tour bus 

Detectives were asking for the public’s help in identifying the driver of a tour bus involved in a hit-and-run that killed an 85-year-old woman near Koreatown. The Valiente family is uneasy. It has been nearly two months since its matriarch, 85-year-old Encarnacion Valiente, was fatally run down near Koreatown by a tour bus filled with passengers returning from Morongo Casino. After hitting the grandmother, the driver never stopped, instead continuing his journey and dropping off passengers nearly two miles away. “We just want justice. Even if he is guilty or not, just come forward,” her daughter-in-law Mirna Valiente said Thursday. “It was life. It was [a] person who was killed.”

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