A Brief Look at Crime 9/19 – 10/02

Anger about poker games preceded senior apartment shooting

A 77-year-old man who shot three people, killing one, at the senior apartment complex where he lived had grown distant recently and had been angry about frequent poker games in the building’s common area, according to people who knew him. One person died at the Heritage Court Apartments and two others were wounded. Larry Rosenberg, the shooter, killed himself as police closed in on him in a neighborhood about a mile away, Cheyenne police said. Mary Eastman, 80, said Rosenberg handed her a letter as she headed out to shop the morning of the shooting. Eastman said she left the letter in her apartment and didn’t read it until later – after she returned to find the building a crime scene. Police eventually let her back in to get her dog. “His problem really was that damned poker gambling. That was it. That was all he complained about,” Eastman said of what Rosenberg wrote.

Armed Man Falls From Foxwoods Garage, Dies, After Police Open Fire

A fatal confrontation in a Foxwoods casino garage late Tuesday morning ended with at least one shot being fired and a man falling four levels to the pavement, but many questions about the circumstances surrounding the death remained unanswered into the evening. State police said the incident occurred about 11:30 a.m. on the fourth floor of the Fox Tower garage. Officers with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Police confronted the man, who was the subject of an outstanding arrest warrant, state police said. As they tried to take the suspect into custody, state police said, “he pointed a firearm at them.” He was ordered to drop his weapon but did not, police said. At least one tribal officer fired at least once at the man, state police Sgt. William Bohonowicz said.

79-year-old woman accused of stealing $1.2 million from travel agency where she worked

An arrest warrant has been issued for a 79-year-old woman accused of stealing more than $1.2 million over eight years from the travel agency where she worked. Anne Carbullido of Omaha also racked up losses at two Council Bluffs casinos totaling more than $2 million since 2000. Carbullido’s lawyer, Steve Lefler, said that he has been in contact with authorities and that his client will turn herself in Thursday or Friday. In August, the attorney for Travel Faire Inc. called Omaha police because the company believed that it had uncovered a long-term embezzlement scheme. Carbullido had recently taken a medical leave of absence, and the company hired a temporary employee in her stead. That employee discovered several checks written by Carbullido to “cash,” according to an affidavit. An audit revealed that Carbullido wrote many checks to cash, but the checks were instead entered into the general ledger as travel expenses, such as for cruise lines and travel packages. Officials requested Carbullido’s records from various casinos and received information from two Council Bluffs casinos. At Ameristar Casino, Carbullido gambled and lost roughly $1.9 million since 2003. The most she lost in a single year at the casino was about $246,000 in 2012.

Bewigged Bergen bank robber sentenced to 13 years 

A New York woman who donned a red wig before robbing a Glen Rock bank last year and who also bilked an elderly man out of nearly $200,000 was sentenced Wednesday to 162 months in prison, the office of U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said in a statement. Michelle Cantatore, 53, of White Plains, walked into the Glen Rock Savings Bank Feb. 15, 2015, wearing the wig and dark sunglasses. She produced a paintball gun and shouted “Put your hands up. This is for real. This is a robbery. I have a gun.” Bank employees complied with Cantatore, but she demanded they enter the vault and give her more money. She eventually made off with $112,000, according to court documents. Cantatore, who also admitted robbing two other banks in Connecticut last year, was later found in an Atlantic City hotel. She was seen on surveillance video at the Borgata casino the night of the Glen Rock robbery, according to court documents.

Washington man charged in $2.7-million Alaska fraud case

A Washington state man suspected of bilking more than a dozen Alaskans of a total of $2.7 million was arrested Thursday after being charged with wire fraud and money laundering. He claimed he was in line to receive a multi-million dollar settlement and would pay them a substantial return if they helped pay medical bills and other expenses connected to the lawsuit before the settlement was released by a judge, Assistant U.S. Attorney Aunnie Steward said. Mann used the money to gamble and won more than $1 million at a casino, prosecutors said. A federal grand jury in Anchorage indicted Mann on 11 counts of wire fraud and eight counts of money laundering.

USAF Fire Chief Indicted for Embezzling at Least $100K 

The Chief of Fire Service for the U.S. Air Force has been indicted in U.S. District Court in Milwaukee on accusations he stole more than $100,000 in funds raised for charities and used it for gambling, vacations and to pay off personal credit cards. James E. Podolske Jr. is accused of defrauding individuals and businesses in soliciting prizes for a golf charity outing intended to benefit charities. Some donors made checks directly out to the specific charity, others wrote them out to Podolske. According to federal authorities, he forwarded checks written out to the charities but deposited the others into his personal bank account. Donors wrote checks out to Podolske for a total of more than $164,000 and of that, he kept more than $133,000 for personal use, federal authorities say.

Social Security embezzler sentenced to prison

A Benton Harbor woman who stole Social Security benefits meant for disabled people was sentenced Monday to 2-5 years in prison. Jill Mae Williams was also ordered by Berrien County Trial Court Judge Arthur Cotter to pay $260,089 in restitution to the Social Security Administration and $25,185 to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. According to Wainwright, Williams had arranged for herself to become the “payee” for Social Security benefits for 10 vulnerable adults in Benton Harbor and was taking much of the money for her own use. In the MDHHS case, she was using some of their food allowance for herself. The people she was charged with stealing from were disabled and/or could not read and write. In accepting Williams’ no contest plea in August, Judge Cotter noted that in an interview with an agent for the Social Security Administration, Williams had admitted to reporting false information and misusing some money that belonged to vulnerable adults and had mentioned going to casinos.

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