A Brief Look at Crime 7/11-7/17

Gambling addict stole £1.7million from Newmarket employer over five years 

A gambling addict who stole £1.7million from her Newmarket employer to fund her addiction has been handed four years in jail. Tracey Stevenson, 52 of Arlington Way in Thetford, previously admitted five counts of theft from her employer and was sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court on Friday. Martin Mulgrew, prosecuting, said between 2011 and 2016 Stevenson stole a total of £1.713million from Newmarket based company Ecsec Ltd, while working as their account manager. She had supply transfers put into her own account, made false cheques out to herself and her husband and altered company records to hider her deceit. Stevenson’s fraud came to light in January this year as a result of the company suffering cash flow problems and an investigation into the company’s accounts and books. 

Man accused of taking $400,000 from family, friends 

A Connecticut man is accused of defrauding family members and friends of nearly $400,000 by telling them he needed the money after a botched medical procedure authorities say never happened. Authorities announced Friday that Robert Oathout, of Hartford, was arraigned in federal court in Providence on eight counts of wire fraud. Prosecutors say the 35-year-old Oathout convinced his victims to transfer him funds before, while and after he was detained on unrelated drug charges at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Center in Central Falls. Oathout claimed he needed money to pay medical expenses in advance of a $1 million settlement from a botched medical procedure performed on him at a Hartford medical facility. Prosecutors say Oathout needed the money to repay gambling debts.

Five men operated an illegal sports betting racket out of a Bayside home

All bets are off for five men indicted for allegedly operating an illegal sports wagering ring out of a rundown home in Bayside, prosecutors announced on Tuesday. The alleged ringleader, Flushing’s Theodore Simon, 77, was named along with three Bayside men — Frank Nista, 64; James Greene, 70; and Russell Bellaterra, 69 — and Rockville Centre resident Jason Levine, 45, in the 14-count indictment charging them with operating the racket that took in an estimated $750,000 in illegal bets annually. According to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, the case was cracked through a 2 1/2 year investigation by the NYPD Organized Crime Investigation Division and others in the law enforcement community. The probe included physical surveillance, intelligence gathering and court-authorized eavesdropping in which hundreds of hours of incriminating conversations among the suspects were recorded. “As alleged, these individuals were running an illegal sports gambling wire room out of a location in Queens and hedged their bets thinking that their illegal activity would remain hidden from the eyes of the law,” Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said in a statement Tuesday. 

Gambling leads to deadly Alabama shooting 

A Union Springs man was fatally shot early Saturday morning after getting into a dispute over a game, police say. Police Chief Danny Jackson told WSFA the shooting occurred at 3 a.m. in the area of Highway 82 and Peachburg Road. Mario Martin was pronounced dead at the scene. Johnny Womack Jr., was taken into custody for questioning. It’s unclear at this time whetherWomack has been charged. Jackson said the men were gambling and got into a dispute.

Macau gaming-related crime continues to post double-digit growth  

Gaming-related crime in Macau (China) continues its torrid pace, with the number of cases showing double-digit growth in the first five months of 2016. Speaking at a ceremony marking the 56th anniversary of the Macau Judiciary Police (PJ), director *Chao Wai Kuong* said there’d been 660 gaming-related criminal cases through the end of May, up 15.6% from the same period one year ago. The pace of growth is accelerating, as Q1’s year-on-year increase was only 11.2%. In keeping with recent patterns, gaming-related crimes largely fall into one of two categories: loan-sharking and illegal detention of gamblers who can’t pay their debts. Gaming-related loan-sharking cases were up 65.7% to 179 while illegal detention cases were up 70% to 169. Comparing the 12 months between June 2014 — May 2015 and June 2015 — May 2016, gaming-related crime is up by one-third. Loan sharking cases were up 60% to 389 while illegal detention cases were up 200% to 435.

OKC federal judge orders arrest of Choctaw man charged in $7M embezzlement scheme 

A federal judge has ordered the arrest of a Choctaw man, charged in a $7 million embezzlement scheme, after he failed to appear for his plea hearing Wednesday. From 2007 to 2014, Rodney Alan Hager worked as the bookkeeper at J&B Pipe Supply Co. in Oklahoma City. Hager also owned Mall Concepts of Oklahoma Inc., which operated mall kiosks in Oklahoma, Texas, Florida, Georgia and other states, court documents show. Oklahoma City federal prosecutors allege Hager, 38, wired funds from the oil-field pipe company to bank accounts under his control, including to an account for the mall kiosk company. Prosecutors say Hager took blank checks signed by the company owners and used them for his personal benefit. Hager also is accused of opening four credit cards in the name of his father, the pipe company’s president. In all, Hager is accused of embezzling about $7.14 million since 2007. In a March 2014 email sent to his uncle, the pipe company’s vice president, Hager said, “I really don’t know what to say at this point other than I am sorry for everything. … I never intended for any of this to happen. I guess gambling got the best.”

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