Daily Archives: October 17, 2016

A Brief Look at Crime 10/10-10/16

Eldorado employee dies after attack at casino 

Reno Police say an Eldorado employee has died after being attacked inside the casino. Police say 63-year-old Frederick Douglas Borden was gambling when he committed a robbery September 30, 2016 just after 8PM. When Borden tried to leave the casino, he hit the 52-year-old employee and fled. The victim was transported to Renown, where he died the nexdt day. The cause of his death has not been determined and his name has not been released. Detectives found Borden Saturday and he is now in custody for the robbery. Police say the investigation is ongoing and more charges are possible pending results of an autopsy.

Attempted murder allegedly caused by gambling debt

A 21 year old man from Bloomington is on trial charged with attempted murder. Deonte Jordan is also facing charges of armed robbery and aggravated battery with a firearm. At the McLean County Law and Justice center the alleged victim identified Jordan as the man who shot him in 2014 in the 900 block of west Washington street. The dispute was reportedly over a gambling debt. Jordan was also picked as the suspect following a police lineup.

Sports book firm to pay $22M in penalties in gambling probe

Authorities in New York say one of the nation’s largest race and sports book operators has agreed to pay $22.5 million in penalties and forfeiture to resolve criminal and civil investigations. Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn announced the non-prosecution agreement Monday for CG Technology LP, formerly known as Cantor Gambling. The Department of the Treasur ‘s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network announced separate civil penalties. Prosecutors say the deal resolves a probe into the company’s past involvement in illegal gambling and money laundering schemes. Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Robert Capers says the Las Vegas-based company agreed to cooperate and take remedial measures. Las Vegas U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden says CG Technology admitted violating law by accepting messenger betting, accepting out-of-state betting and laundering money. A company spokeswoman has declined to comment.

Gaming Commission fines four Missouri casinos

The Missouri Gaming Commission met Wednesday to discuss disciplinary actions against four casinos from around the state among other business. Ameristar in St. Charles, Bally Technologies, Harrah’s in North Kansas City, and Tropicana of St. Louis, better known as Lumiere Place, all faced disciplinary actions for findings in audits from 2015. The most debated of the four actions was the one levied against Lumiere Place in which dozens of casino employees failed to properly identify a minor drinking and gambling on the casino floor using a fake ID. Other disciplinary actions included an approval of a $20,000 fine against the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles. An audit found the casino had five violations after a follow-up to a May 2015 compliance audit. Some of the violations included a lack of documented investigations into chaos variances, allowing the director of player development to have access to wagering and promotional accounts, and numerous instances where poker dealers failed to “clear their hands.” Clearing one’s hands is a practice where poker dealers hold their hands open before leaving a table to assure patrons and security cameras that they are leaving the table empty handed.

2 people kidnapped, robbed after leaving Detroit casino 

A man has been arrested after two elderly casino patrons were kidnapped from a parking structure in downtown Detroit and robbed. State police say Monday that the victims were leaving Greektown Casino early Sept. 23 when they were ordered into their vehicle and told to drive around. The man fled after taking their money at gunpoint. Surveillance video inside the casino recorded a man speaking with the two people on numerous occasions as they gambled. Video also captured images of a vehicle the man rode in to the casino. He was later identified as a parole absconder and arrested Thursday. He was turned over to the Michigan Department of Corrections. The case remains under investigation.

Scottsdale police: Couple go to casino, leave child in car 

A couple has been arrested for allegedly leaving the woman’s young son inside a car while they gambled at a Scottsdale casino. Scottsdale police say 23-year-old Brad Porter Jr. and 25-year-old Jessica Lopez were arrested around 3:30 a.m. Sunday outside Casino Arizona. Court documents state that Lopez’s 5-year-old son was left alone inside the couple’s vehicle and police found marijuana and three bottles of beer inside the car. Police say Porter and Lopez are facing child abuse, endangerment, drug possession and drug paraphernalia charges. It was unclear Monday if either Porter or Lopez has an attorney yet.

Catholic Charities embezzler sentenced in $142,000 theft  

A Washington man was sentenced to 15 months in prison Wednesday for stealing more than $142,000 from Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, where he worked as an office manager. Floyd L. Middleton, 47, pleaded guilty in July to a federal charges related to a five-year scheme in which he submitted reimbursement claims for bogus expenses and false invoices to help pay his rent. Assistant Federal Public Defender Dani Jahn sought probation, saying Middleton was a gambling addict whose divorce and diagnosis with a life-threatening disease sent him into a cycle of “despair . . . increased gambling and additional poor decision-making, which spiraled out of control.”

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