A Brief Look at Crime 10/03-10/09

2 arrested after fatal shooting at cafe

Police are investigating a fatal shooting at a cafe where at least a dozen illegal gambling machines were later seized. Authorities say an attempted robbery led to the Saturday morning shooting. A 44-year-old woman who was shot in the chest died at the hospital and a 25-year-old man is recovering from a gunshot to the shoulder. Two people have been arrested. Hawaii News Now reported that an undercover raid by Honolulu police officers led to the discovery of the gambling machines at the cafe. Police are investigating the establishment as a possible gaming room.

Former Frisch’s (FRS) exec may have embezzled much more than $3.9 million

A former Frisch’s Restaurants exec embezzled more than the $3.9 million he pleaded guilty to and spent much of it on gambling at casinos, buying property and cars and renovating his house after his mother moved in with him, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The government called the $3.9M figure “a conservative estimate” of what Michael Hudson stole during his 10 years as assistant treasurer (2004-2014). Hudson admitted his theft started in 2004 but complete bank records are not available for 2004 to 2007, so there’s no telling how much he stole in those four years, the feds said in their sentencing memorandum. For sentencing purposes, the feds declared that the total embezzled was less than $9.5 million. Hudson, 53, of Cincinnati, was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday and ordered to pay a total of $4.6 million in restitution on one count of wire fraud and one count of filing a false federal income tax return. Hudson also was sentenced to three years of supervised release.

Dunmow man who stole £2.1m gets four years in jail

 

A director of finance who lived in Dunmow stole £2.1million over 15 years from his employer to fund a luxury lifestyle was jailed for 4 years. Michael Canning, 50, earning £65,000 a year, stole the money from specialist coffee equipment supplier Mulmar Foodservice Solutions in Hatfield, Herts. A colleague spotted discrepancies with invoices earlier this year and alerted the authorities. Canning, a married father of two sons, splashed the money on holidays, clothes, gambling, meals out, school fees, family expenses – and £84,000 on dating sites such as the hacked Ashley Madison and “cam girls”. Judge John Plumstead told Canning: “You have brought ruin on yourself. You must have known over those 15 years that it would all catch up with you.

Online casino affiliate accused of hacking major university websites

An online casino affiliate has been accused of hacking numerous higher education websites to boost its Google search results. Last week, web marketing agency *eTraffic* published a report indicating that an unidentified online casino affiliate site’s surge to the top of Google’s search engine rankings appeared to have been the result of some seriously ‘black hat’ optimization techniques. Between January and September 2016, the affiliate site in question had gone from Google keyword rankings in the 40s and 50s to top-10, including number one rankings for traditionally pricey keywords/phrases like ‘real money slots,’ ‘online slots real money,’ ‘real slots,’ ‘real online slots’ and ‘play real money slots online.’ eTraffic notes that one of the key factors Google employs when ranking search results is the number of backlinks from top level domains like .gov and .edu. The affiliate had 76 such backlinks from major educational sites in the US and other countries, including New York University, Dartmouth College, Duke University and Stanford University.

Fake WV Charity Scam Nets Millions for 7 Defendants 

Seven Martinsburg, WV residents, accused of operating a fraudulent charity, were charged with 53 counts of federal offenses from mail fraud and money laundering to aiding and abetting an illegal gambling business. All those charged were released by a federal magistrate and are under travel restrictions until they are arraigned on Wednesday. Between 2007 and 2014, the group reportedly received more than 90 percent of revenues after gambling winnings were paid to customers, totaling about $7 million. According to news reports, the organization was supposed to benefit the local humane society and the local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police. The charities were surprised to find out that the bingo operation was generating far more than the $1,000 or so a month they believed was the case.

Former SeaWorld manager gets 30 months for fraud

A former manager at SeaWorld who embezzled $818,000 from the company was sentenced Sept. 23 to 30 months in federal prison for wire fraud and filing a false tax return. Wilfred David Jobin-Reyes, 48, who is known professionally as Sebastian Jobin, was ordered by U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey Miller to repay SeaWorld the $818,000 he took from them. He worked for SeaWorld for 17 years. Miller also ordered Jobin to repay $177,000 to his former roommate, whose identity he used to get credit cards to spend at casinos and trips. Jobin has reached an agreement with the Internal Revenue Service to pay $207,000 as a penalty for not declaring his total income to the IRS.

SEC Punishes Casino-Gaming Company For Retaliating Against Whistleblower 

The Securities and Exchange Commission said Thursday it penalized a casino-gaming company for retaliating against a whistleblower. International Gaming Technology agreed, without admitting or denying the allegations, to pay $500,000 for firing an employee with several years of positive performance reviews because he reported to senior management and the SEC that the company’s financial statements might be distorted, the SEC said in a statement. The employee was removed from significant work assignments within weeks of raising his concerns, and he was terminated a few months later, the SEC said. Bob Vincent, a spokesman for the company, said the incident occurred before the company went through a merger, and the newly formed company agreed to a settlement. The case involving International Gaming Technology is the second whistleblower retaliation case brought by the SEC since it was authorized by the Dodd-Frank Act to bring such cases, the agency said. It’s the SEC’s first stand-alone retaliation case, said Jane Norberg, the newly permanent chief of the whistleblower office.

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